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.
The iChoose Kidney mobile app and corresponding website - ichoosekidney.emory.edu - serve as a decision support tool for nephrologists, primary care physicians, social workers, nurses, and/or patient educators to use with ESRD patients to help improve informed decision making for kidney failure treatment options. Risk prediction models for mortality on dialysis or kidney transplantation are presented.