Improving Care and Access to Nurses (ICAN) Act. Calling all NP's. We need your help to do this.
The ICAN Act would increase access to medically necessary health care services for patients across the country by removing outdated federal barriers to care. This bill would authorize NP’s to order and supervise cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, certify when patients with diabetes need therapeutic shoes, have their patients fully included in the beneficiary attribution process for the Medicare Shared Savings Program, refer patients for medical nutrition therapy, certify and recertify a patient’s terminal illness for hospice eligibility, perform all mandatory examinations in skilled nursing facilities, and more. These common-sense steps would update the Medicare and Medicaid programs, to reflect the modern health care workforce and ensure patients continue to receive the high-quality health care they need and deserve — from their chosen health care provider.
Now that the bill has been introduced, we need your help! Below are two quick and easy ways that you can help us increase support and awareness of the legislation.
First, you can use the AANP Advocacy Center to send an email to your Member of Congress, urging them to cosponsor the legislation. In less than five minutes, you can help us spread the message to Congress.
Second, you can send us your #ICAN photo for use on social media. Just print the attached #ICAN sign using a color printer, fill in the blank and then email the photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. Here are four recommended phrases that you can use to fill in the blanks:
- Provide high-quality care to my patients
- Increase patient access to health care
- Help reduce disparities in health care
- Create greater access to care in my community