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 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.
An article in Advance for Nurses focuses on home dialysis and the advantages it provides many patients. ANNA Director Sheila Doss-McQuitty, BSN, RN, CNN, CCRA, was interviewed for the article and shares her insights into the growing popularity of home dialysis as a treatment option. Click here to read the article, “Hemodialysis at Home.”
On February 4, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new initiative designed to identify, test, and evaluate new ways to improve care for Medicare beneficiaries with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Through the Comprehensive ESRD Care initiative, CMS will partner with health care providers and suppliers to test the effectiveness of a new payment and service delivery model in providing these beneficiaries with patient-centered, high-quality care.
ANNA has joined the Alliance for Home Dialysis, a group that promotes activities and policies that facilitate treatment choice in dialysis care. This Alliance seeks to identify and address systematic barriers that limit access for patients and their families to the many benefits of home dialysis therapy. The Alliance includes work groups focused on the following four areas: Accessibility, Accountability, Reimbursement, and Innovation.