WHAT’S AHEAD FOR MY PRACTICE?

On Feb. 2, 2019, NNPEN hosted a half-day conference in Columbia, MD, titled Innovative Business Models for NP Practice: Do It Your Way! as an introduction to CareSpan, a digital healthcare platform, and AAPN, a CareSpan-aligned NP Group Practice Without Walls (GPWW). AAPN is the first NP-owned professional LLC to aggregate NP practices and negotiate NP managed care contracts as a single taxpayer identification number (TIN). AAPN, the NP-owned PLLC, is the logical product of familiar forces converging in our healthcare marketplace: No primary care physician supply in face of growing healthcare demand; High NP primary care supply; Full confidence that, because of underlying nursing process, quality and cost outcome measurement will reward NP PCP practices for the value they create; Value aggregators like AAPN are how NPs negotiate value-based payment terms with 800 lb. payers The Feb. 2 room was filled—nearly 80 registrants, wow! That tells us NP entrepreneurs are still looking for an ownership model that works for them. CareSpan’s Integrated Network, including AAPN, may be that model. It offers indie NPs access to a basket of business support services, including access to better managed care contracts because AAPN aggregates NP practices under a single TIN to create negotiation leverage. From our Feb. 2 speakers JoEllen Koerner (CareSpan CNO) and Kate Fiandt (AAPN CEO), I enclose a link to AAPN, which outlines what the next steps would...

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