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.
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will fund a 5-year, $30 million national study of the effectiveness of a multi-pronged strategy to help older adults avoid falls and related injuries.
On April 1, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014. This law prevents a scheduled payment reduction for physicians and other practitioners who treat Medicare patients from taking effect on April 1, 2014.