The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it will delay the implementation of the Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) Five-Star Quality Rating System from October 2014 to January 2015. CMS presented information on the Star Rating System for dialysis facilities to the public during a national provider call in July.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created videos to promote safe injection practices through its One & Only Campaign in conjunction with the Safe Injection Practices Coalition. The One & Only Campaign urges health care providers to recognize the differences between single-dose vials and multi-dose vials and to understand appropriate uses of each container type. The two videos are entitled "Check Your Steps!
On July 2, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would update payment policies and rates under the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for renal dialysis services furnished to beneficiaries on or after January 1, 2015. This proposal would introduce new quality and performance measures to improve the quality of care by outpatient dialysis facilities treating patients with ESRD and proposes to implement the Affordabl
ANNA is urging all members to express their support of the Veteran Health Administration’s proposal to recognize advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) as full practice providers when providing care in a VA facility. Currently, the Department of Veterans Affairs is working to modernize the Veterans Health Administration’s Nursing Handbook and is recommending the acknowledgement of full practice authority for APRNs.
On June 16, 2014, the Joint Commission issued a Sentinel Event Alert entitled “Preventing Infections from the Misuse of Vials.” The alert outlines causes and documentation of misuse as well as recommendations and strategies for improvement.