The federal regulations currently in place that prohibit nurse practitioners from acting as primary-care providers when ordering home healthcare and hospice services prohibit us from delivering healthcare throughout the lifespan of our patients.
Rules impede delivery of care
There have been many occasions that patient care has been delayed because home healthcare agencies and hospice agencies had to wait for the doctor's signature for these services when I, as the patient's primary-care provider, was more than qualified to sign, but the language in the federal regulations still uses “physician.”
I hope that your work can change these regulations and help us to deliver seamless care to our patients.
Michele SchonbrunnerCertified registered nurse practitionerGynecologic oncologyYork, Pa.
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