Category Archives: General News

VCNP Regional Legislative Events

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.

VCNP Member and Lynchburg Region Past President speaks at the White House

Amy Johnson, DNP, FNP-C, Lynchburg Region immediate past president, was invited to speak at the White House on July 16 for a press event about telehealth deregulation and the benefits to rural health.

Watch her interview!

VCNP is a non-partisan organization. While we did not coordinate Amy’s presentation, we are proud to recognize her and the work she does in support of patient care and the NP profession.

VCNP’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

The events of recent weeks have brought feelings of anger, sadness, pain and confusion. VCNP is committed to supporting our black, brown and African American colleagues, patients and communities and to increasing diversity, equity and inclusion within our organization and profession. As an association of healthcare professionals, it is our responsibility to use our platform for justice. We will be meeting as a Board this weekend and will follow-up next week regarding action steps we will take to further this mission.

Supporting NPs During COVID-19

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.

Please let us know how we can continue supporting you by contacting us at

For updates, check back regularly for an up-to-date resource list.

CMS Final Rule: NP and PA Preceptor Documentation Updates – Success!

Susanne J. Phillips, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Posted By: Susanne J. Phillips, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC on |November 29, 2019

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On November 1, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule, which will positively affect the NP and PA preceptor documentation burden. For those of you providing clinical teaching rotations for advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) and/or PA students, you may be aware that in March 2018 CMS reduced the documentation burden for physician preceptors. This change authorized teaching physicians to verify and sign student documentation components of evaluation and management (E/M) services rather than have to re-document the work themselves. Unfortunately, this created unintended consequences for APRN and PA preceptors and the students they supervise.

In an era where productivity in patient care has been a major driver of reimbursement, the 2018 rule caused many practices to abruptly discontinue precepting APRN and PA students—creating a crisis in NP and PA education. As a result, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), the American Academy of PAs (AAPA), nursing, and physician stakeholders worked diligently to mobilize their constituencies and to request changes to the 2020 final rule. Through lobbying efforts and regulatory comments, CMS revised the language, thereby creating documentation requirement parity among all clinician preceptors.

Effective January 1, 2020, APRN and PA preceptors may review and verify medical record documentation entered by other licensed health care providers and members of the health care team, as well as student APRNs and PAs. This update will ultimately improve patient access to high-quality health care.

There are additional changes affecting APRN and PA providers including, but not limited to, updates to Medicare telehealth service reimbursement, E/M services documentation and reimbursement, physician supervision requirements for PAs, and payment for transitional care management services. Click the links in the references below for additional information.


Pharmacology Symposium October 19, 2019

The Richmond Region VCNP will hold the 15th annual
Pharmacology Symposium
Saturday, October 19, 2019 7:15AM – 4:00PM
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
Kelly Education Center
1800 Lakeside Avenue Richmond, VA 23228

The Donna Campanella Distinguished Nurse Practitioner and Outstanding Nurse Practitioner Student awards will be announced at lunch.  Please consider nominating someone.  
We hope to see you there!
6.25 continuing education hours will be awarded at the completion of this activity. 

7:15AM Registration/breakfast
7:45-8:15AM Welcome: Kristen Johnson, President, Richmond region
Guest Speaker Delegate Dr. Dawn M. Adams
8:15-9:15AM The End of the Antibiotic Era: The Rising Tide of Antimicrobial Resistance,
J. Daniel Markley, DO, MPH
9:15-10:15AM Mood Disorders: Diagnosis and Management, Prakash Ettigi, MD
10:15-10:45AM Break with vendors
10:45-11:45AM Guideline Directed Therapy for Heart Failure, Preeti Dube, MD
11:45AM-12:45PM Polypharmacy in elderly: What can we do about it? Sheila J. Turbides Minaya, MD
12:45-1:30PM Lunch with vendors
1:30-2:30PM Basics of Biologics: A Primer for APNs, Mandy Gatesman, PharmD, BCOP
2:30-3:30PM Common GI Issues: Anywhere from Mouth to Anus: Let’s be as Blunt as our Scopes! Mary Kathleen Engelken, NP
3:30PM Prizes
Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the Virginia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

2019 Legislation Update – Crossover Successes

The positive progress continues!
We are pleased to inform you that our reimbursement bills – House Bill 1640 and Senate Bill 1178 – have once again been warmly received by committees in both chambers of the Virginia Legislature!
In light of the February 5th “crossover,” all bills passed on the House side during the first half of the General Assembly session are now being considered in the Senate, and vice versa.
On Monday, February 11, 2019, HB 1640 was reported from the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee with a vote of 13-0, while SB 1178 passed out of the House Commerce & Labor Committee with another unanimously positive vote of 22-0 on Tuesday, February 12th.
Since the two bills were reported without opposition, we anticipate that they will be added to the Uncontested Calendar in the House and the Senate. Ultimately, should this legislation become law, it will go into effect on October 1, 2019.

HB 1640 & SB 1178 Passed by Commerce & Labor Committees

On January 31st, our reimbursement bills – HB 1640 and SB 1178 – were heard in the Virginia House and Senate Commerce & Labor Committees.
SB 1178, sponsored by Sen. Glen Sturtevant, faced no opposition and was passed unanimously by the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee by a vote of 15-0. Similarly, during the House Commerce & Labor Committee meeting this afternoon, the companion bill HB 1640, sponsored by Del. Margaret Ransone, was reported by the Committee 19-0.
In both committees, the bill was amended so that the legislation does NOT require a study by the Health Insurance Reform Commission (HIRC) – thereby moving our legislation forward to the House and Senate floors!
We are delighted by these positive developments. Since the bills were reported without opposition, we anticipate that they will be added to the Uncontested Calendar in both the House and the Senate. Ultimately, should this legislation become law, it will go into effect on October 1, 2019.