MILFORD, Mass. – The Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners recognized state Sen. Richard Moore (D-Uxbridge) Wednesday for his efforts in health care policy, most recently through the cost containment and payment reform legislation, which includes provisions to promote the status of nurse practitioners.
The recognition came during an annual meeting at the State House.
Recently, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) named Moore a recipient of the 2013 AANP Nurse Practitioner Advocate State Award for Excellence. This honor is given annually to an individual in each state who has made a significant contribution toward increasing awareness and acceptance of nurse practitioners.
Speaking to a large assembly of practitioners and advocates Wednesday, Moore touted the importance of nurse practitioners.
“If we want to reduce health care costs, nurse practitioners must be a member of the team and part of the equation,” he said. “I am honored to receive this recognition and look forward to working with nurse practitioners and advocates in the session ahead.”
Moore, chairman of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, was a lead architect of last session’s phase of health care reform, which seeks to curb the rising cost of health care. Increasing access to essential care and promoting administrative efficiencies, the legislation expands the role of nurse practitioners to act as primary care providers.