Policy & practice points

August 2016 Vol. 4 No. 3

Author: Beth Kelsey, EdD, APRN, WHNP-BC

The U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2016 (MEC)1 and the U.S. Selected Practice Recommendations for Contraceptive Use, 2016 (SPR)2 were both released to the public on July 29, 2016. The MEC provides guidance to healthcare providers (HCPs) regarding safe use of contraceptive methods by . . .

May 2016 Vol. 4 No. 2

Author: Susan Kendig, JD, MSN, WHNP-BC, FAANP

Since passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, alternate care delivery models such as patient- centered health homes and accountable care organizations have emerged as tools for payment and healthcare delivery system reform. The intent of such clinical integration models is to drive improvement in individual and population health . . .

February 2016 Vol. 4 No. 1

Author: Susan Kendig, JD, MSN, WHNP-BC, FAANP

During the fall of 2015, NPWH CEO Gay Johnson and I attended an FDA Office of Women’s Health (FDA OWH) meeting regarding the exciting work being done to foster inclusion of diverse populations of women in clinical trials. The FDA OWH campaign, to be launched in 2016, aims to . . .

By Susan Kendig, JD, MSN, WHNP-BC, FAANP
As most of our readers know, the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) and the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) released the 7th edition of the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner: Guidelines for . . .

By Susan Kendig, JD, MSN, WHNP-BC, FAANP

In the past, and even continuing into the present day, low-income women and children have encountered barriers in accessing healthcare. Fifty years ago, to help overcome these barriers, Loretta Ford, RN, and Henry Silver, MD, created the first nurse practitioner (NP . . .

By Susan Kendig, JD, MSN, WHNP-BC, FAANP
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) seeks to improve population health outcomes by making preventive health services affordable and accessible. To achieve this aim, the ACA requires health plans to cover preventive services that have strong scientific evidence of their health benefits, with . . .

By Susan Kendig, JD, MSN, WHNP-BC, FAANP
As I write this column in mid-May, we are a week past Mother’s Day, and Wo­men’s Health Week has just ended. During the 5th month of the year, healthcare providers (HCPs) and healthcare consumers are bombarded with messaging . . .

By Susan Kendig, JD, MSN, WHNP-BC, FAANP
The current policy and demographic environment poses expanded opportunities for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). Expansion of Medicaid eligibility in most states, and increased access to affordable health insurance promised by the Health Insurance Exchanges created through the Patient Protection and Affordable . . .

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
By Susan Kendig, JD, MSN, WHNP-BC, FAANP
Since passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) on March 23, 2010, there has been an ever-present news cycle focused on implementation of various aspects of the law. With passage . . .