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3/1/21 Fredericksburg Regional Board Meeting minutes:

Planning a local meeting for April on Anxiety/depression. Will ask Elizabeth Wheatley if she can speak. Do online CEs. Consider future meetings outside or in a park like setting? Cookout style? “Meet your VCNP”? Yoga in the park? Ren Fields or Linda’s coworker? Self-care theme? Essential oils?

Tiffany Simons- Treasurer report: $500 to Juan More Taco feeding program. 252 socks to Micah Ministries.

Regional CE planner- Cherie Wright- nothing to report.

Nicole Brooks- Membership- New member works sat Nephrology Associates- presently at 45 members.

Hishani Perera- Conference planner-virtual conference planning for this year going well. Will have a new Fredericksburg VCNP banner made.

Cathy Duncan- Government Relations- HB 1737 signed by Governor, emergency extension- 2 year minimum to practice independently. Planning to F/U with Joshua Cole who voted against to figure out why. This is an election year. Consider a local legislative reception this year.

Rachel Farrar- President Elect.

Timmye Ross-Public Relations- Could not get on to meeting due to no internet. Resources list. How to access calendar for regions.

Submitted 3/7/21 JPSF

HB 1737: Ask the Governor to sign our bill!

HB 1737 has been communicated to Governor Northam. Because this has been done with sufficient time left until the Special Session concludes, it is now considered a seven-day bill. This means the Governor now has until midnight on February 26 to sign, veto, or amend the legislation.

Contact Governor Northam now and ask him to sign HB 1737!

Non-members: Join us! Receive advocacy updates and the other VCNP members benefits by becoming a member today!

VDH’s COVIDWISE exposure notification app joins national key server to increase effectiveness across state lines

Virginia joins D.C., 15 other states participating in the unified server; COVIDWISE surpasses 885,000 downloads

(Richmond, Va.) — Virginia’s first-in-the-nation COVID-exposure notification app will now work across DC and all 15 states that have such an app. More than one in ten Virginians have downloaded and are using COVIDWISE, which notifies people if they have been physically close to someone who tested positive. COVIDWISE, Virginia’s free COVID-19 Exposure Notifications app, is now participating with the Association of Public Health Laboratories’ (APHL) National Key Server, allowing COVIDWISE interoperability with Washington, D.C. and other states’ apps that also use the server. Now COVIDWISE can communicate with other state notification apps to share anonymous bits of information or “exposure notification keys” using a national server that will enable users to find out when they may have been exposed by users from other states.

Anthem cuts reimbursement rates

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.

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.

Richmond Region Legislative Reception October 3, 2019

You are invited to attend the
Annual Nurses Legislative Reception
Sponsored by:
Virginia Nurses Association
Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners
Virginia Affiliate of the American College of Nurse Midwives
Virginia Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
Virginia Association of Nurse Anesthetists
Virginia nurses will have the opportunity to meet with Legislators and candidates to discuss issues, exchange ideas, and explore solutions to improve healthcare in the Commonwealth
Thursday, October 3, 2019
5:30 pm to 6:15 pm Social, wine & heavy hors d’oeuvres
6:15 pm to 6:45 pm Brief introductions and presentations
6:45 pm to 8:00 pm Open Dialogue with Legislators
Bistro 27
27 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220
Lighted public parking is available directly behind the restaurant
RSVP at by Sept 30, 2019
Questions (no RSVPs) to Kevin Brigle at

Richmond Region Dinner meeting with CE 9/26/2019

Meeting: Is My Patient Well Enough? Understanding Treatment Goals and Escalating Care

Location: Tarrant’s West  11129 Three Chopt Rd  Richmond, VA 23233

Date:Thursday, September 26 2019

Speaker:Omar Minai, MD Clinical (Adjunct) Associate Professor of Medicine Liberty University COM Staff Pulmonologist Pulmonary & Critical Care Associates of the Tri-cities Southside Regional Medical Center Petersburg, VA


After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:
• Discuss the rationale and changes for the hemodynamic definition of PAH, as proposed by the 2018 WSPH consensus guidelines
• Review the importance of periodic risk assessment and how this pertains to current goals for PAH treatment
• Describe how the level of a patient’s risk for clinical worsening is used to guide PAH treatment and
escalation of that treatment in the event of worsening of risk status
• Review the 2018 WSPH consensus recommendations for initial therapy and escalation of PAH therapy when patients fail to
improve towards established treatment goals
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing
Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower and Total CME. The Annenberg Center
for Health Sciences at Eisenhower is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should
claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Annenberg Center for Health Sciences is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission
on Accreditation.
1.0 contact hour may be earned for successful completion of this activity.
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 13664, for 1.0 contact hour.

Events and Conferences

2021 VCNP Annual Conference
3/10/2021 - 3/13/2021

2021 VCNP Spring Board of Directors Meeting