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January 2021 Newsletter
Joint Committee and BME Rule Change Summary
NPAA would like to thank everyone who attended the Joint Committee (JC) meeting and the BME meeting. The version of the rules previously sent you was reviewed line by line and NPAA appreciates Peggy Benson for her excellent job of negotiating the finer points in order to maintain the ground that we have as NPs and to allow us to move a bit further ahead as the 1:9 rule change was included in the updated version, as well as, the oversight of the NP owned clinic rules removed.

The next step will be for the BON and the BME to work on the telehealth ratio. Once that point is adjusted, the Rules will return to the JC for approval. This meeting is scheduled for the middle of February and will be a conference call. NPAA will post the date of that meeting as it should also be a public meeting forum.  

This experience has 100% affirmed that we must ALL be involved in legislation, networking, and being involved in order for us not to lose the small amount of ground we have presently.  The NPAA leadership is consistently monitoring the political landscape and we will continue to inform our members of issues as they arise. 

Again, thank each and every one of you who logged in/attended the JC and BME meetings; had your collaborating MD/DO contact the BME to ask WHY these Rule Changes were needed, and for your continued support of our profession. We must remain diligent in our efforts to improve health care access and outcomes for our patients. 
Governmental Affairs Update
By Dr. Lisa S. Pair, NPAA Vice President of Policy
As the VP of Policy, I would like to encourage members to introduce themselves to their
respective U. S. Senator and Representative, as well as State Senator and Representative. Identifying ourselves with our legislative representative in both the House and Senate at the state and national level as an NP constituent that makes a HUGE difference in how the senator and representative responds. Take the time to choose the advocacy link on the NPAA website, choose the link “Find your Legislature”, then enter your address with zip code into find your elected officials. Choose the website link to obtain their office phone number and email. Take the time early 2021 to place a all to introduce yourself and then follow-up with a quick email. Developing relationships facilitates collaboration.
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Check out NPAA's New Website
NPAA's website has a new look! We are asking all of our existing members to log-in and create their new password and update their profiles. Be sure to check out the new member-only pages! We also have a new preceptor and provider database. You can list your participation in these databases through your member profile.

If you would like to join NPAA, please use our streamlined membership form. It is fast and easy!

For Current NPAA Members, Steps to create a new password and update your profile:

  1. Go to www.npalliancealabama.org
  2. In the upper right-hand corner click View Profile
  3. Enter your email address and click Forgot Password. This will allow you to create a new password.
  4. Log in with your new password and update your profile!

If you have any questions, please contact Denise Williams, admin@npalliacealabama.org