The Mission of the Maine Nurse Practitioner Association is to:
Unite and advocate for nurse practitioners in political, professional and policy arenas
Develop and coordinate educational and networking opportunities
Advocate for the health of all the people of Maine


Dr. Michelle May to Speak at MNPA Conference on April 30, 2015

In a culture plagued by problematic eating, sedentary lifestyles, and rigid, negative messages about healthy lifestyles, Michelle May, M.D., CSP, offers a positive, sustainable, and joyful approach: eat mindfully and live vibrantly! Michelle, an award-winning author and herself a recovered yoyo dieter, delivers this crucial and timely message with passion, energy, and humor that transforms how audiences make decisions about eating and physical activity.
She is the author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: How to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle (winner of seven publishing awards) and Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes that
reinforce her powerful message for lasting change.

As a family physician, motivational wellness speaker, writer, workshop facilitator, and consultant, Dr. May has shared her powerful and innovative approach to breaking free from yo-yo dieting with thousands of audience members, workshop participants, health care professionals, and organizations across the country.

She founded Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Workshops in 1999, winner of the Excellence in Patient Education Innovation Award, as a positive, effective solution to chronic, ineffective yo-yo dieting. She has trained over 400 Am I Hungry?® Facilitators worldwide to offer mindful eating workshops in their companies, offices, wellness centers, and communities.

Through her dynamic keynotes and workshops, Michelle inspires audiences to take charge of their health and lifestyle decisions so they can live a full, healthy, and vibrant life.  
Special pricing for non-NPs who wish to attend is provided in the link below.  Join us on April 30, 2015 from 8 AM to 11:00AM at Point Lookout
Conference Center in Lincolnville, Maine

Invitation to Attend Dr. Michelle May's Lecture on Mindful Eating


Home Health Care Bill Introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Susan Collins

On Thursday, February 26, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) introduced S. 578, the Home Health Care Planning and Improvement Act of 2015. This legislation, once enacted, will have an immediate impact on the quality of life and timeliness of care for Medicare patients by allowing NPs to certify home health care orders.

Currently, NPs are recognized under state laws and regulations that allow them to complete and sign physical examination forms and other medical certification documents. However, under current Medicare law, NPs with patients who need home health care services must locate a physician who will document the NP's assessment for this care.  Enactment of the Home Health Care Planning and Improvement Act of 2015 will make it possible for NPs to provide the required certification for Medicare patients under their care.  Passage of this legislation will reduce Medicare spending by eliminating duplicative services while also improving the quality and timeliness of care for beneficiaries who need home health care services.

AANP thanks Senators Collins and Schumer for taking this important first legislative step toward improving patients' lives, and the organization pledges its continued support for swift action this year.  We ask that you contact your Senators and ask them to support this important legislation.


Nominations for NP for Excellence and NP Advocate Awards Now being Accepted by AANP

 AUSTIN, TX (August 18) -- Nominations are now open for the prestigious 2015 AANP State Award for Excellence.
The NP State Award for Excellence is given annually to an individual NP in each state who has demonstrated excellence in NP clinical practice.    Read more.....

MaineCare Reimbursement Update

Back in April, we received an email from a MNPA member regarding what looked like a reduction in MaineCare rates paid to certain categories of NPs.  Since then we have had discussions with the Director of MaineCare Services, Stefanie Nadeau and her staff, leading to a face-to-face meeting to help Bob Howe and Pam Cahill better understand MaineCare reimbursement issues as they relate to NPs.