… in­com­plete care

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

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 life span of our pa­tients.

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 the word “physi­cian.”

I hope that your work can change th­ese reg­u­la­tions and help us to de­liver seam­less care to our pa­tients. Michele P. Schon­brun­ner

York, Pa.

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