The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the proposed rule “Changes to the End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System for CY 2014.” This rule includes the proposed reduction in the prospective payment system (PPS) to account for lower drug utilization as required by the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. CMS is proposing to reduce the base rate in the PPS by 12%. CMS is also proposing a market basket update of 2.9%.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released the 2013 PHS Guideline for Reducing Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Hepatitis B Virus, and Hepatitis C Virus Transmission Through Organ Transplantation. This guideline updates the 1994 U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) Guidelines for Preventing Transmission of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Through Transplantation of Human Tissue and Organs.
The American Kidney Fund (AKF), in conjunction with ANNA and other organizations, is offering a free online course for medical professionals focusing on the patient education benefits available to Medicare beneficiaries with kidney disease, including medical nutrition therapy (MNT) or diabetes self-management training (DSMT). Continuing nursing education (CNE) credits are available (CNE processing fees apply).
The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has released “U.S. Nursing Workforce: Trends in Supply and Education Report,” which presents data on the supply, distribution, and education of the U.S. nursing workforce. The report presents an overview of the trends in the supply and pipeline of nurses to assist the work of national and state officials, policy makers, the nursing community, educators, and researchers focused on the nursing workforce.
The Nursing Alliance for Quality Care (NAQC) has released a white paper entitled “Fostering Successful Patient and Family Engagement: Nursing's Critical Role.” The paper calls for supporting nurses in increasing patient engagement and supporting patients and their families in meeting the challenges of making health and health care decisions.