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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 https://tinyurl.com/RichmondLegReception19 by Sept 30, 2019
Questions (no RSVPs) to Kevin Brigle at kbrigle@vcu.edu

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

Registration:

https://www.mededonthego.com/IMPACT-Live-Meeting/meetingId/58

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES
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
PHYSICIAN CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION
ACCREDITATION STATEMENT
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.
CREDIT DESIGNATION
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.
NURSING CONTINUING EDUCATION
ACCREDITATION STATEMENT
Annenberg Center for Health Sciences is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission
on Accreditation.
CREDIT DESIGNATION
1.0 contact hour may be earned for successful completion of this activity.
CALIFORNIA BOARD OF REGISTERED NURSING
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 13664, for 1.0 contact hour.

Fredericksburg Region VCNP board meeting minutes 7/15/19

The programs for the year are set!

August: Lapetite on a drug to reverse new anticoagulants

Sept: Legislative reception @ Moss Free Clinic

Oct:  Dr Sherwood speaking on robotic surgery, place TBA

Nov: New guidelines for TAVR, place TBA

Dec: Dr Mauer to speak, place TBA

The legislative will be held 9/16/19 at the Moss Free Clinic.  Invitations will be sent out, Cathy Duncan will contact the VCNP, as they have helped with this in the past.  We plan to send out electronic save-the-dates.  (Wine, water, iced tea, shrimp cocktail, cheese platter, veggie platter.)  Invitations to ALL NPs, CRNAs, mayor, CEO of MWH, admin of Moss Clinic

PR:  Article planned for The Front Porch on “Unsung Heros of Healthcare”.  Featuring NPs varied roles delivering health care, helping to expand access to health care for patients, highlighting our philanthropy and local programs, as well as our connection to and influence on legislation.  Also emphasizing the change in the state regarding independent practice!

Timmes Ross- PR, will be getting admin rights from Michele Earnest so she can add pictures to our facebook page and look into Instagram.  She reminded everyone to use the # at the bottom of any picture you submit with #FredericksburgNP or #NursePractitioner, so when people scroll or search, they will be more likely to come across our info!

Night of 1000 pies, 8/24/19 from 7-10pm.  Philanthropy to go towards Empowerhouse.  Consider “Dream For You”- a philanthropy project that supports an underpriviledged high school student in Spotsylvania, Louisa or Orange towards a degree in STEAM or healthcare track.

Nicole Brooks suggesting a membership newsletter.  A summary to members regarding local programs and philanthropy as well as updates on legislative happenings- GREAT suggestion Nicole!

 

Fredericksburg Region VCNP meeting minutes 6/10/19

Presentation regarding Aimovig for migraines

Our next meeting will be in August, with a speaker regarding reversing the new anticoagulants.

There is a push for attestation with possible U-tube video involvement.  Discussion regarding increasing continuing education availability, access to VCNP websites.

PR- writer for the Front Porch article would like to feature our local VCNP group possibly regarding attestation.

Consider a July Board meeting- with attestation documents and a picture for our facebook page or the VCNP website.

The VCNP will be changing the conference venue to a new one in Norfolk.

Membership numbers have rebounded, goal is to reach up to #2020 in 2020. There is talk of extending the student fee for the first year in practice.

Legislative reception:  There are 140 members up for re-election.  Consider dates 9/9/19 or 9/16/19.

Treasurer report.

Philanthropy: We are sponsoring the Cancer walk, Tiffany and Linda will attend and may be provided with a water station- banner will be displayed.

Submitted 7/11/19 JPSF

 

Fredericksburg Region VCNP meeting minutes 4/8/19

Our officers are now:

President:  Linda Hazelgren

President Elect:  Vacant

Past President:  Cherie Wright

Program Chair: Lisa Keel

Public Relations: Timmye Ross

Conference Chair:  Hishani Perera

Membership:  Nicole Brooks

Secretary:  Piper Schlesser-Foresman

Treasurer: Tiffany Simons

Legislative Chair:  Cathy Duncan

Timmye talked to a writer for the Front Porch who is interested in writing and article in the future.  Amy Sales of the VCNP with commonwealth PR can help with writing a local article on NPs.

We do not know if we will have a sponsor for the 5/2019 program.  A program is set for June on Migraines. The nephrology group, specifically Dr Nouraldeen would like to do a CKD talk.

Cathy Duncan is wanting to have a legislative meeting again in September.  Possible dates are 9/9 or 9/16.

Submitted 7/11/19 JPSF