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Protecting the Integrity of Medicare Act (PIMA) Introduced

On December 2, the House Ways & Means Committee introduced “Protecting the Integrity of Medicare Act (PIMA) Act 2014 (H.R. 5780)”, a bi-partisan bill drafted to address fraud in the Medicare system. Section 5 of this bill includes the language from HR 3833, a bill about Durable Medical Equipment (DME), which eliminates the physician co-signature, allowing nurse practitioners (NPs) and clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) to order appropriate DME and document their own face-to-face encounter.

The House Ways & Means staff anticipates that PIMA will be voted on by the House of Representatives before the close of the 113th Congress. At this time, it is uncertain if the Senate will consider the bill in the remaining weeks of this Congress.



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Thank You For Your Support!

Thank you for your support of during the mid-term election RNS Vote! campaign.  We are pleased that a number of champions for nursing issues will be returning for the 114th Congress.  Congresswoman and nurse, Lois Capps (D-CA), Greg Walden (R-OR), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and David Joyce (R-OH), Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) among others.

We look forward to working with all members of Congress and with your help, we will advance issues important to patients and nurses to improve the health of our country. Educate yourself about the issues impacting our community and get involved!