Health Care and Policy
The American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN) provides members, patients, and other health care providers with the knowledge and tools to not only understand heart failure prevention but develop multidisciplinary strategies to aggressively lower these risk factors and address disease modifiers through appropriate medical intervention, innovative patient education, and behavioral strategies. AAHFN, together with partner agencies, proposed a multifaceted commitment and one-year campaign to assemble the evidence and develop educational programming and innovative tools to support aggressive reduction in the incidence of heart failure.
The Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs (NOVA) is a nationwide, nonprofit, professional organization of registered nurses who are employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers and Clinics. NOVA is dedicated to ensuring quality health care for U.S. Veterans, enhanced nursing educational opportunities, standards of excellence for VA nurses, increased research opportunities and academic excellence in the VA, increased communications among VA nurses, effective recruitment and retention programs, and to providing a strong voice for VA nurses and Veterans.
For someone with back pain, the path to a physical therapist is usually long and winding that includes multiple failed treatments, unnecessary imaging, and a delay of weeks or months to get to a physical therapist. Studies that looked at the effects of early physical therapy on low back pain show impressive results: In cases with workers with back pain who saw both a physical therapist and physician for their first treatment, the use of MRI dropped by one-third, people got better faster, missed less work, and were more satisfied with their care, in addition to cost savings for employers, insurers, and patients. Members of the Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (PPS) know that easier and faster access to physical therapy care can improve patient outcomes.
Founded in 1956, PPS the champions the success of physical therapist-owned businesses. PPS members are leaders and innovators in the health care system, helping to provide vital health care services and support their communities. Advocacy and education for members to help their businesses succeed is a cornerstone of PPS activities, well-illustrated by member education initiatives surrounding insurer payment and policy changes. TRICARE, one of the nation's largest insurers, recently launched a pilot program that waives copays for up to three physical therapy visits to help patients get physical therapy care sooner. If successful, it will lead to lower costs for both TRICARE and their members while delivering better outcomes in less time for people in pain. PPS launched initiatives to educate members about this new pilot program and to provide materials members can use to educate their patients about this option.
The Wound, Ostomy and Continence NursesTM (WOCN®) Society is a professional community dedicated to advancing the practice and delivery of expert health care to individuals with wound, ostomy, and continence care needs. The WOCN Society supports members' practice through advocacy, education, and research.
The purpose of the WOCN Society's Public Policy and Advocacy Health Care Agenda is to promote public policy and advocacy activities that supports the protection of the nursing workforce. WOCN Society advocates for adequate funding of programs for the development and education of nursing's workforce, including Title 9 of the Public Health Services Act to support the recruitment, education, and retention of the nation's nursing work force.