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Upcoming program: The economic case for tapping full potential of RNs

The Center to Champion Nursing in America/AARP Public Policy Institute invites all those interested to join executives from Target, CVS, Cigna and others in a discussion on how businesses and other payors can benefit from fully utilizing APRNs, including nurse practitioners, from 9 to 11:45 a.m. EDT, Sept. 17.

Attendees can view the program online at and tweet questions to @Campaign4Action or #Access2health. The program is being held at the W Hotel in Washington DC.
Panelists will discuss the barriers to fuller utilization of NPs and efforts to eliminate those barriers, according to the AARP release. Hosted by AARP, Cigna and UnitedHealth Group, participants also will discuss the latest nursing-led healthcare delivery models and their benefits and positive outcomes.

Mark McClellan, MD, PhD, senior fellow and director of the Health Care Innovation and Value Initiative, Brookings Institution, will be the keynote speaker.

AARP is working to modernize state nursing practice laws and policies to improve consumers’ access to healthcare and decrease family caregivers’ burden by allowing NPs to practice to the full extent of their training and education, according to a news release. APRNs are trained to diagnose and treat illnesses, give physicals, prescribe medicine and refer patients to specialists without physician oversight, yet 31 states have laws that prevent them from practicing to the full extent of their training and education, according to AARP. The result is often delayed or no care or unnecessary hospitalization, all of which compromises patients’ quality of life and increases family caregivers’ stress, according to an AARP release. Major retailers like Target and CVS that provide healthcare to both employees and millions of customers have embraced a fuller use of nurses to deliver cost-effective care, the release said.

Panelists include Trish Anen, RN, MBA, vice president, clinical services, Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council; Kevin Ronneberg, MD, medical director, Target; Andrew Sussman, MD, president, CVS Minute Clinic; Randall Krakauer, MD, vice president, national medical director of medical strategy, Aetna; Mary Picerno, RN, chief nursing officer and premium solutions lead, Cigna; John Rowe, MD, professor, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health; Tara Isa Koslov, JD, deputy director, Office of Policy Planning, Federal Trade Commission; Micah Weinberg, PhD, senior policy advisor, Bay Area Council; and Frederick Isasi, JD, MPH, director of health division, National Governors Association Center for Best Practices.

For more information, contact Mary Boyle, Center to Champion Nursing in America/AARP Public Policy Institute, at [email protected] or 202-434-3844.                                                                                                         


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