The National Nurse-Led Care Consortium (NNCC) policy team works to provide up-to-date information on policy education and reform efforts around the country, and advocates for reforms at state, national, and global levels that help Nurse-Managed Health Centers (NMHCs) care effectively for vulnerable patients. Our team offers information on the development of medical-legal partnerships in order to increase the capacity of nurse-managed health clinics and about global initiatives utilizing APRNs to improve access to care.
NNCC advocates for nurse-led health care to improve access to care for vulnerable populations and eliminate health disparities. NNCC works with insurers, policymakers, and business leaders to improve reimbursement for primary care services provided by nurse practitioners and create sustainable funding streams for our member clinics.
Sometimes called a nurse-managed health center or NMHC, the Affordable Care Act defined a nurse-managed health clinic as “a nurse practice arrangement, managed by advanced practice nurses, that provides primary care or wellness services to underserved or vulnerable populations and that is associated with a school, college, university or department of nursing, federally qualified health center, or independent nonprofit health or social services agency.” (42 U.S.C. § 330A–1 (2010)).
NMHCs provide a full range of health services, including primary care, health promotion, and disease prevention, to low-income, underinsured, and uninsured clients. Approximately 58% of NMHC patients are either uninsured, Medicaid recipients, or self-pay. In addition to providing health care, NMHCs in both educational and community settings play an important role in training the next generation of nurses, physicians, and other allied health professionals.
NNCC is a Nursing Community member.