An article by ANNA President Sheila Doss-McQuitty, MBA, BSN, CNN, CCRA, was included in a USA Today supplement, "Kidney and Liver Health." The supplement was distributed nationally March 16, 2017, in print and online to an estimated 30 million readers.
On March 14, 2017, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) Board of Directors adopted a position paper on mental health policy entitled “Whole Health Begins with Mental Health.” Recognizing that the prevalence of mental illness and substance use disorders continues to exact a toll in our nation, APNA calls for immediate action to ensure that policies are put into place that promote a proactive approach to wellness.
Nephrology News & Issues recently interviewed members of the renal care community, including ANNA member Donna Bednarski, regarding the impact of the upcoming shift in power on Capitol Hill. Will potential changes in health care policy impact the ESRD program? Will the expansion of nurse practice acts be affected? What new legislation is important to nephrology nurses? How do we maintain momentum on Capitol Hill?
On December 13, 2016, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law. The bill contains a provision allowing Medicare beneficiaries with kidney failure, or end-stage renal disease (ESRD), access to Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. Prior to passage of the Cures Act, Medicare patients with ESRD were prohibited from enrolling in Medicare Advantage plans, a choice available to all other Medicare beneficiaries.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued a final rule granting veterans direct access to care by advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) who work in the VA health system.