AHA study: Rising regulatory burden diverting providers from patient care

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Hospitals, health systems and post-acute care providers spend nearly $39 billion a year on administrative activities related to regulatory compliance, according to a study released today by the AHA. The average-sized hospital spends $7.6 million annually to comply with federal regulations, equal to $1,200... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, nurses, regulation

HHS to Congress: Graduate Nurse Education project increased APRNs

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The number of advanced practice registered nurse students and graduates increased under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Graduate Nurse Education demonstration project, according to a new report to Congress by the Department of Health and Human Services. “The GNE demonstration had a positive... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, nurses

AHA toolkit offers guidance to help hospitals address opioid epidemic

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A new AHA toolkit offers guidance and case examples to help hospitals and health systems work with their patients, clinicians and communities to tackle the opioid epidemic. Developed with input from a multidisciplinary team and vetted with subject matter experts, the resource includes tools and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, nurses, Behavioral health, opioids

CDC updates care guidance for infants born to mothers with possible Zika

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week issued updated guidance for U.S. health care providers caring for infants born to mothers with possible Zika virus infection during pregnancy. Infection during pregnancy can cause serious damage to the brain of the developing fetus. CDC provides... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, maternal health, infant health, nurses, preparedness, Zika

AONE announces new president-elect, board members

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The American Organization of Nurse Executives has chosen as its next president-elect Mary Beth Kingston, RN, executive vice president and chief nursing officer at Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care. As 2018 president-elect, Kingston will become AONE president in 2019. She currently serves on the boards of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: leadership, nurses

CMS determines first qualifying APM participants for 2018

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has identified the first clinicians eligible to participate in 2018 advanced alternative payment models, based on their participation in qualifying APMs in first-quarter 2017. Clinicians can use an online tool to look up their 2018 participation status, which... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, nurses

Group offers guidance for engaging new clinicians in patient safety

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The National Collaborative for Improving the Clinical Learning Environment this week released guidance to help health care system leaders work with clinical educators to create learning environments where new clinicians actively engage in patient safety activities. The document provides a framework and... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: patient safety, physicians, nurses, teaching hospitals

VA proposes to allow providers to practice telehealth across state lines

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The Department of Veterans Affairs today published a proposed rule that would allow any VA health care provider to provide telehealth services, within their scope of practice and in accordance with privileges granted to them by the department, wherever the provider or beneficiary is located. “Just as it... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, rural, access, nurses, regulation, Telehealth, Behavioral health

Fund to aid hospital employees affected by storms in Puerto Rico

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AHA has activated The Care Fund to provide support to hospital employees in Puerto Rico who experienced significant property loss or damage from any natural disasters like the recent Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The association has contributed an initial $50,000 to the fund. To donate to the fund for... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, disaster readiness, nurses, workforce

CDC launches campaign to educate public about prescription opioid risks

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week launched Rx Awareness, a communications campaign to educate the public about the risks associated with prescription opioids to prevent misuse and overdose. The campaign includes video, audio and online messages featuring real-life accounts of people... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, nurses, opioids, prevention

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