COVID-19 is presenting NPs, and the nation, with an unprecedented health care challenge while placing considerable demands and stressors on NPs, both professionally and personally. VCNP is working to share resources and support our members during this time. We hope you will refer to our dedicated web page to find valuable online resources and updates as they impact your practice during this time.
VCNP is partnering with more than 60 organizations to encourage Virginians to get flu shots this year. Help encourage your patients with this special offer from Lyft – ride credits for people traveling to get flu shots. Use code VAFIGHTSFLU. Credits valid through December 31.
One of Virginia’s largest insurance companies is lowering reimbursement rates for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. VCNP’s president-elect recently Olivia Newby spoke to the reporter of the Virginia Mercury article.
Olivia Newby said there would be an “absolutely devastating” effect on Primary Care Specialists, the independent practice where she works. The cuts would end up reaching the surrounding community, she added — predominantly working-class people of color.
“We were already busy, overwhelmed, short-staffed in trying to accommodate the patients,” Newby said, pointing out that nurse practitioners make up half of the providers on her practice’s four-person medical staff. “That loss of income may mean we can’t afford support staff. Or maybe we put off buying new equipment. It’s that trickle-down effect that impacts the quality of patient care.”
Have you seen this news from Anthem? How will this change in reimbursement rates impact your practice? Share with us.
Dr. Kristina Johnson, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Virginia
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The VCNP Government Relations regional representatives are working hard to schedule their regional legislative events. The purpose of these events is to gather VCNP membership with legislators to exchange ideas and explore solutions to improve access to healthcare in the Commonwealth.
Be on the lookout for event information from your regional Government Relations Committee representative and check out the VCNP calendar for scheduled receptions.
For more information on VCNP government relations work, contact the state VCNP Government Relations Chair, Kim Bednar, DNP, FNP.
Events and Conferences
2021 VCNP Annual Conference
3/10/2021 - 3/13/2021