On May 25, 2016, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released a proposed rule amending its medical regulations to permit full practice authority to all advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) when providing medical services in VA facilities.
On June 24, 2016, 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, 2017.
In April 2016, Billy Rosa, a U.S. nurse living and working as a visiting faculty member at the University of Rwanda in Kigali, Rwanda, contacted ANNA to request support of students that he was helping train to be masters-prepared nephrology nurses. The ANNA Board of Directors voted to provide the University of Rwanda with seven 2-year international electronic ANNA memberships as well as three copies of the ANNA Core Curriculum for Nephrology Nursing.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requiring labeling changes regarding the recommendations for metformin-containing medicines for diabetes to expand metformin’s use in certain patients with reduced kidney function. The current labeling strongly recommends against use of metformin in some patients whose kidneys do not work normally.
An article by ANNA President Cindy Richards is included in Mediaplanet USA's "Kidney and Liver Health” campaign. Cindy's article, "Why Become a Nephrology Nurse?," was also published in a printed supplement distributed nationally March 29 in USA Today. In her article, Cindy describes the knowledge and skills of nephrology nurses and their life-saving role caring for patients of all ages.