AANP E-Bulletin -12 May, 2021


May 12, 2021
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) Announces the Recipients of the Loretta Ford Centennial Scholarship
AANP is pleased to share that five deserving nurses have been selected as Loretta Ford Centennial Scholarship awardees. This one-time scholarship was created to inspire the next generation of nurse practitioners (NPs) by encouraging current registered nurses (RNs) to gain advanced nursing education and develop the qualities exemplified by Loretta C. Ford, EdD, RN, PNP, NP-C, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, co-founder of the NP role. Through this scholarship, AANP is making it possible for deserving nurses to advance their careers and contribute to high-quality patient care. Of the 139 applicants, five were chosen to receive $10,000 each in scholarship funding to support them as they become NPs and continue the legacy Dr. Ford began. Join AANP in congratulating the recipients today!
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Prioritize Mental Health During Mental Health Awareness Month
This May, AANP is increasing awareness of the importance of mental health care and highlighting ways that NPs are meeting the growing need for screening and treatment. “NPs understand the important role mental health plays in overall well-being,” AANP President Dr. Sophia Thomas said in this week’s Mental Health Awareness Month press release. “Given the pressing need for mental health care and the limited number of mental health specialists nationwide, we urge states to strengthen patients’ access to NPs.”
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AANP Honors the Nursing Profession on International Nurses Day
National Nurses Week 2021, celebrated May 6-12, is dedicated to recognizing the outstanding contributions made by nurses as they care for patients of all ages in all health care settings. As nurses worldwide share a commitment to patients that strengthens the health of their communities, AANP is encouraging the public to show their appreciation for nurses — including NPs — on International Nurses Day, May 12. Thank you for diagnosing, treating and vaccinating patients throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
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American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) Announces New Director of Certification
AANPCB announced today, May 12, that Kevin Letz, DNP, MBA, CNE, CEN, FNP-C, ANP-BC, PCPNP-BC, FAANP, is the incoming Director of Certification. Prior to accepting the director position with AANPCB, Dr. Letz was an associate professor at Chamberlain College of Nursing where he held the positions of Director and Dean of NP Education. His current NP practice is virtual urgent care with AmWell Medical Group. Dr. Letz brings a diverse background in education, practice and executive leadership. He has practiced as an NP for more than 20 years, mostly in the areas of emergency medicine and allergy, asthma and immunology. Dr. Letz has published several books and numerous articles along with presenting nationally on both clinical and leadership topics. Additionally, he has founded several NP-operated businesses and nonprofit companies.
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AANP Student Resources
Whether you are a student or an NP, AANP’s Student Resources can be your guide as you become a lifelong learner dedicated to the health and wellness of your patients. You’ll be supporting the role while gaining a comprehensive collection of resources created specifically for you — by NPs who have been in your shoes. View AANP's Student Resources today.



AANP Community Events at the 2021 AANP National Conference
Are you currently a member of an AANP Community? You won’t want to miss the 1.0-contact hour, AANP Communities continuing education (CE) sessions at the 2021 AANP National Conference. Led by the co-chairs of each participating community and invited guests, these sessions provide information on key updates, emerging issues, innovations and hot topics within each Specialty Practice Group (SPG) and Specialty Interest Group (SIG). Are you not yet a community member? This is your opportunity to get a feel for the member experience — or, become a community member to participate in the special Ask the Experts discussion thread within the online forum!
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Serve as a Community Co-chair for AANP Communities
Are you interested in volunteering for AANP? Consider serving as a Community Co-chair for one of these AANP Communities: acute care, convenient care, dermatology, emergency, endocrinology, entrepreneur, obesity or orthopedics. The commitment to serve includes monthly conference calls, co-facilitation of the community session at the national conference and dissemination of specialty information within the digital community. To be eligible, you must be an AANP member and a current member of the community for which you are applying. To apply, you must have:
  • Current curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Two letters of reference:
    1. Professional.
    2. Leadership capability.
  • Personal statement identifying why you are interested and what you would offer to the role.
  • A commitment to the SPG guidelines to support AANP's goals and mission.
Submit a formal nomination by Friday, May 21, 2021. Note: This system does not allow you to save and return to your work. Please make sure you have prepared all information and documents prior to beginning your nomination. If you have questions, contact Beth Smith at bsmith@aanp.org.

Apply for the Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge
The seventh Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge, launched together with AANP and the Association of Public Health Nurses, invites nurses and nursing students worldwide to submit their nurse-led novel concepts, education programs, protocols, prevention or treatment approaches, screening tools and consumer product ideas with the potential to help improve access to care amid the current pandemic environment and beyond. The nurse innovators with the best idea(s) will receive up to $100,000 in grant funding, access to virtual programming and mentoring from experts across the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies to help bring their ideas to life. Apply by August 6, 2021.

May 20 Webinar — SGLT2i Inhibitors: A Dynamic and Evolving Therapeutic Option
Save your seat for a free webinar on SGLT2i inhibitors presented by the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (JAANP) in association with AstraZeneca US Medical Affairs, Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases Division. This webinar will discuss:
  • The impact of sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors on the physiology of cardiorenal disease.
  • The clinical effects of SGLT2 inhibition on glycemia, major adverse cardiovascular events, hospitalization for heart failure and renal endpoints in diabetes.
  • A summary of the evolving landscape of evidence related to SGLT2 inhibition in patients without diabetes.
This is a nonaccredited activity.



Administration Announces New Resources to Increase Vaccine Access
On May 4, 2021, the White House announced new resources to increase vaccine access. Federal pharmacy partners participating in the vaccination program will be directed to offer walk-in appointments, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will support smaller pop-up vaccination clinics and increase the number of active mobile units. The White House fact sheet provides further information on the changes being implemented to increase access. Federal agencies also released new information and resources for patients and health care providers.

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Announces Funding for COVID-19 Response in Rural and Underserved Communities
On May 4, 2021, HHS announced that the Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will allocate $250 million to develop and support a community-based workforce who will serve as trusted voices to share information about vaccines, increase COVID-19 vaccine confidence and address any barriers to vaccinations for individuals living in vulnerable and medically underserved communities. Further information on applying for these grants is available on the HHS announcement page.

Also on May 4, 2021, HHS announced the availability of nearly $1 billion to respond to COVID-19 in rural communities. Additionally, the Administration will be sending vaccines directly to Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) as part of these efforts. These funds will be administered by HRSA to expand COVID-19 testing and increase the number of vaccines sent to rural areas. The HHS announcement includes further information on allocations and programs. These funds include:
  • Up to $100,000 to each of more than 4,600 RHCs across the country through the RHC COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation Program.
  • Funding to further expand COVID-19 testing in approximately 1,730 small rural hospitals — Critical Access Hospitals and other rural hospitals with fewer than 50 beds — with up to $230,000 each through the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP).
  • The opportunity for RHCs to join the new RHC COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Program.
  • Nearly $100 million available in grants through the Rural Health Clinic Vaccine Confidence (RHCVC) Program. HRSA will fund all eligible RHCs that apply.


HHS Online Vaccinator Portal
HHS launched an online vaccinator portal to assist clinicians in registering as COVID-19 vaccinators. To determine your eligibility to administer COVID-19 vaccines, visit the HHS Public Health Emergency Vaccinator site. The site also includes links to each individual state’s volunteer management portal and information on how to sign up to administer the vaccine. The CDC has also created a site for providers who are registered as vaccinators to list themselves, VaccineFinder, which helps individuals locate vaccinators in their area.

Primary Care First (PCF) Model: Cohort Two Applications Open
On March 16, 2021, CMS released the Request for Applications for Cohort Two of the PCF Model. The deadline for practice applications is May 21, 2021, and the second cohort of the model is scheduled to begin in 2022 and run for five years. PCF is an advanced payment model for primary care practices, providing additional flexibility in terms of care delivery and shifting payment from fee-for-service to a value-based-payment approach.

As previously noted, one of the flexibilities that CMS implemented in the first cohort of the model authorizes participating NPs to certify their patients’ need for therapeutic shoes for diabetes. This flexibility went into effect on April 1, 2021, for all NPs participating in Cohort One of PCF.

HHS Announces Health Care Marketplace Special Enrollment Period Extended
HHS has announced that the Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for the Health Care Marketplace will be extended until August 15, 2021. Highlighted in previous Government Affairs Updates, the SEP for the Health Care Marketplace will allow individuals and families in states with Marketplaces served by healthcare.gov to enroll in 2021 health insurance coverage. Further information is available on the HHS announcement webpage and in the SEP toolkit.

Thyretain is an FDA-cleared bioassay, for the measurement of Thyroid Stimulating Immunoglobulins (TSI). TSI is the causative agent in Graves’ disease in patients suspected of having Hyperthyroidism. Thyretain shows functionality of the antibodies that interact with the TSHr, and can specifically detect TSI, differentiating between the TSHr antibody types (blocking/stimulating).

Add a PMHNP or FNP Specialty Online
Frontier Nursing University offers Post-Graduate Certificates in specialties including psychiatric-mental health, family nursing, women’s health and nurse-midwifery. Complete coursework online and a clinical experience in your home community with two brief campus visits. Only $618/credit hour. Learn more and apply today.

Unithroid® (levothyroxine sodium tablets) have been manufactured in the same facility in New York with no history of recalls, reformulations, or gaps in availability. More than 90% of eligible commercially insured patients may pay as little as $3 for a 30-day Unithroid prescription. Learn more today!

New York Senate Bill 3056 (S.3056) Advances
S.3056 was reported out of the Senate Higher Education Committee. As introduced, S.3056 and its companion bill, A.1535 seek, to remove the career-long requirement for NPs to maintain a collaborative relationship with a physician or hospital after having completed 3,600 hours of practice. These bills would also remove the requirement for filing written practice protocols and would allow an NP with 3,600 practice hours to serve as a collaborating provider.

Texas NP Bills Advance
House Bill 4048 was passed by the full House and will be sent to the Senate for consideration. As introduced, this bill would authorize an NP to complete death certificates for patients outside of hospice and palliative care settings. House Bill 1524 (H.B. 1524) was passed by the House Public Health Committee on May 5. It has been placed on the Local, Consent and Resolutions calendar for May 14. As introduced, H.B. 1524 would retire the setting limitations for APRN prescribing of Schedule II controlled substances pursuant to physician delegation.

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