Role of Nurses in The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

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In 2009, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) and former ANA President Rebecca M. Patton, MSN, RN, CNOR witnessed this historical moment. American nurses celebrate with satisfaction, because their hard work paid off, enacting historical health care reform legislation that benefits not only nurses but their patient as well. Despite that the health care reform is now a reality, is important to keep working in order to make sure that the reform is implemented effectively (Routson, 2010).The ANA has been in favor of a health care reform that would provide high quality medical services for all. ANA believe that with Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act, millions of American will be …show more content…
Physicians has express their concern against this, NP’s are seeing patients who pay and physicians perceive this as an income that might have gone to them and physicians don’t want to lose patients. Physicians also express their concern about safety; however there are not studies that show that NP care is inferior to physician care. The PPACA will employ certified nurse midwives and pay them the same as physicians for Medicare B patients, with the objective of improving access to care. Allowing nurses to prescribe medication will motivate more go them to go in to private practice. (Satowski, 2010)
Nurses are great in helping patients to stay healthy and at their optimal level of wellness. They know how to prevent complications. Nurses are continually assessing patient’s progress. The nurse is the first person patients see in the ER or the office determining the health status of the patient. One of the reasons why the cost of health services in the U.S are arising is that our system focuses on the treatment of illnesses instead of prevention. Nurses are prepared for the change in the U.S health system and its emphasis; they always had emphasis in prevention and wellness. Nurses are also experts at chronic care management, school health, transitional care and home visiting, all areas of emphasis in the new health care law. (Satowski, 2010)
Nurses posses significant strengths that support the new health care law, however the
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