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National Nurse Practitioner Entrepreneur Network (NNPEN)

Have you thought about starting your own healthcare business but didn’t know how? NNPEN is your “go to” resource. We’re a network of Nurse Practitioners (NPs) started by Nurse Practitioners to accelerate the number and rate of Nurse Practitioners becoming owners of sustainable businessesOur offerings are motivated by a single question: To preserve the benefits of nurse-led care, the number of nurse-led start-ups must grow substantially and operate sustainably. HOW WILL THAT HAPPEN? 

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Welcome to our new website! Take a look around. We hope you enjoy the improved layout and functionality. With this new website, we now have a discussion forum for NNPEN members. The forum can be found under the Resources menu and is only visible to signed-in members. Be sure to subscribe to the forum so that you receive email updates when topics are posted. If you have a question or discussion item, feel free to post and start interacting with your fellow members!

March 2021:

2021 Health Care Predictions
Here are a couple takes on Health Care 2021: 
Saul Ewing’s addresses many facets of health care from a regulatory and litigation perspective. 
Spoiler alert: The Forbes piece predicts consolidation will wipe out small group practices.  We agree, unless independent small groups—including NP practices-- are loud about why small group practices must be preserved [accessible, trust agents, patient-centered, nimble].  It seems like small physician groups would be our ally on this, and they can be.  But NPs need to make a separate argument as to the benefit of preserving the nursing model specifically. When do we start making noise?

Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/sachinjain/2020/12/16/top-10-healthcare-industry-predictions-for-the-year-2021/?sh=3ed202052d07
[Business perspective]

Saul Ewing: https://www.saul.com/publications/alerts/2021-health-care-predictions
[lawyer perspective]

February 2021:

December 2020: 
Jon Fanning Named CEO of American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Jon Fanning, MS, CAE, CNED will become the Association's chief executive officer (CEO), effective March 1, 2021.


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The National Nurse Practitioner Entrepreneur Network (NNPEN), a rising US-based organization that helps NPs launch their own practices, recently agreed to offer a new service to its membership. NNPEN announced a service agreement with Collaborating Docs (CD), a leader in connecting advanced practice clinicians with collaborating physicians.

The agreement will allow  NNPEN members to engage Collaborating Docs to find suitable physicians to work with consistent with state requirements.

See the full announcement for details here.

Now Accepting Applications: Primary Care First Model Cohort 2

Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Request for Applications (RFA) for Cohort 2 of the Primary Care First (PCF) Model. Primary care practices in eligible regions are encouraged to apply. Practices that participate in PCF will have flexibility in terms of care delivery and the opportunity to increase practice revenue through performance-based model payments. The deadline for practice applications is April 30, 2021; the deadline for payer applications is May 28, 2021.

The PCF Model tests whether the way Medicare pays for advanced primary care—shifting from a fee-for-service to a value-based payment approach—can positively affect quality of care and reduce total Medicare expenditures. By tying performance based payment adjustments to health outcomes, the PCF Model seeks to improve advanced primary care for participating practices and patients alike.

What this means for model participants:

  • You have greater independence and can tailor care delivery approaches to meet the special needs of your patients.
  • You have the opportunity to prioritize the doctor-patient relationship.
  • You are supported in offering patients increased access to care, greater engagement in the decision-making process and enhanced care coordination.

Further, participating practices that focus on patients with complex chronic needs receive higher model payments for the care of these patient populations.

PCF Cohort 2 will have five performance years and is scheduled to begin in January 2022. You can access the RFA, practice application, and more information on the PCF Model, on the CMS Primary Care First website.

Webinars for interested applicants will be held in the coming weeks, and will include opportunity for live question and answer:


Primary Care First offers an innovative payment structure that aims to promote access to advanced primary care and reward high-quality, patient-focused care. CMS will be hosting three webinars about Primary Care First, each focused on a different topic, with time for questions! Register for these webinars today! 

Introduction to Primary Care First

Wednesday, March 24 at 2:00PM ET
The Primary Care First Model team will provide an overview of the Primary Care First Model, including the model goals, eligibility to participate in the second Cohort, payment design, and data sharing. CMS will then answer your questions about these topics live.
Register to attend here:  https://deloitte.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9d768vp7T2aRgdvgMLg86A

Become a Primary Care First Payer Partner

Tuesday, March 30 at 2:00PM ET
The Primary Care First Model team will provide an overview of the Primary Care First payer partnership. You will be able to learn more about the current Primary Care First model participants, benefits to payer partnership, the framework for optimal payer alignment, and the payer solicitation process and timeline. CMS will then answer your questions live!
Register to attend here: https://deloitte.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_j-m2Oge6Riq1ll02Chxw3g

Ready, Set, Apply!

Wednesday, March 31 at 3:00PM ET
The Primary Care First Model team will provide information to assist you in successfully completing the Primary Care First application, including a brief overview of the application portal and application questions, determining model readiness, and application best practices featuring insights from Cohort 1 practices. CMS will then answer your practice’s questions live!
Register to attend here: https://deloitte.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_n3UK9ITYRlashGfH3ca1Bw

E/M Changes w/ Lynn Rapsilber DNP APRN ANP-BC FAANP of NNPEN on AANP’s NP Pulse: The Voice of the Nurse Practitioner®

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Congrats to Dr. Lynn Rapsilber, DNP, ANP-BC, APRN, FAANP & Co-Founder of NNPEN, for being recognized with the Nightingale Award!


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Our monthly meetings, called Office OURS, are accessible via teleconference and webinar. Each month we share critical information and updates pertinent to NP owned businesses. Office Ours are held the third Tuesday of every month from 8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Eastern.

Our Next Office OURS

DATE:  May 18, 2021
TIME: 8:30pm ET

TOPIC: NNPEN: Smarter Benefits with Meridio

SPEAKERS: Co-Founders of NNPEN

Lynn Rapsilber, DNP, ANP-BC, APRN, FAANP
Lorraine Bock, DNP, ENP-C, FNP-C, PHRN, FAANP
Sandy Berkowitz, RN, JD

See what NNPEN has to offer!
NNPEN is now providing its members with the opportunity to take advantage of a benefits program offering. Join the next Office OURS call to learn more about NNPEN's Smarter Benefits through Meridio.


After registering, you'll receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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