Advocacy Activities

Federal regulations are created through a process known as "rulemaking," which is governed by the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. Chapter 5). Once an agency decides that a regulatory action is necessary or appropriate, it develops and typically publishes a proposed rule in the Federal Register, soliciting comments from the public on the regulatory proposal. After the agency considers this public feedback and makes changes where appropriate, it then publishes a final rule in the Federal Register with a specific date upon which the rule becomes effective and enforceable. In issuing a final rule, the agency must describe and respond to the public comments it received. ARN routinely comments on proposed rules that effect rehabilitation nursing.

114th Congress, 2nd Session (January 4, 2016–January 3, 2017)

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ARN Comments on FY 2017 IRF PPS Proposed Rule

The proposed rule continues implementation of the IMPACT Act.

ARN Comments on FY 2017 SNF PPS Proposed Rule

The proposed rule continues implementation of the IMPACT Act

ARN Comments on FY 2017 LTCH PPS Proposed Rule

The proposed rule continues implementation of the IMPACT Act.

ARN comments on Neurological Conditions 2015–2016 Draft Report

Individuals should be assessed for appropriate rehabiltation setting.

ARN joins Nursing Community Thanking Sponsors for Introducing House and Senate Resolutions supporting the goals and ideals of National Nurses Week.

Nurses are leading in the delivery of quality care in a transformed health care system that improves patient outcomes and safety.

ARN comments on Continued Use of Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Quality Measure

While integral for patients, the vaccination rate is not a clear indicator of quality.

ARN joins in letter to Senate Finance Committee, House Energy & Commerce Committee, and House Ways & Means Committee with concerns about Competitive Bidding Program.

Ostomy and urologic prosthetics are not one-size-fits-all generics, and are not interchangeable.

ARN Comments on Joint Commission Certification Program

The rehabilitation nurse should facilitate care transitions.

ARN Signs on to Concerns with Prior Authorization Requirement for Home Health Care

A prior authorization requirement would delay beneficiary access to needed services

ARN Supports Statement of Principles on Patient Access to Rehabilitation Services in Medicare Advantage (MA) Plans

Access to rehabilitative services and devices is of primary importance to the functional status and quality of life of beneficiaries with injuries, illnesses, disabilities and chronic conditions regardless of age.

ARN signs on to comments on proposed updates to the Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D programs

NINR provides funding for nursing research

ARN Supports Title VIII Appropriations Request

Title VIII provides support for nursing workforce development programs

ARN Supports NINR Appropriations Request

NINR provides funding for nursing research

ARN Submits Comments to CMS on Measure Development Plan

Measures should be meaningful and useful for the patient and caregiver.

ARN signs on to CPR with concerns over site neutral payments

Any changes to payment structure need to ensure that individuals are able to access the right care in the right setting.

ARN Submits Comments to NQF on Measure Ratification and Appeals Process

Streamlining the process will reduce burdensome reporting.

ARN Comments on Options to Reform Care for Individuals with Chronic Conditions

Rehab nurses are on the forefront of providing care for individuals with complex conditions.

ARN signs to comments addressing federally funded healthcare exchanges

Individuals should have an adequate network available in order to meet their needs.

ARN submits comments to CMS on Design of Patient Experience of Care Survey in LTCHs

ARN wants to ensure data collected is meaningful and useful for the patient and family/caregivers.

ARN submits comments to CMS on Design of Patient Experience of Care Survey in IRFs

ARN wants to ensure data collected is meaningful and useful for the patient and family/caregivers.

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