Professional News

CMS Releases Proposed Rule to Update Quality Measures for ESRD PPS and Policies and Payment Rates for ESRD Providers for CY 2015

Posted on Jul 03, 2014

On July 2, 2014, 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, 2015. This proposal would introduce new quality and performance measures to improve the quality of care by outpatient dialysis facilities treating patients with ESRD and proposes to implement the Affo

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Support the Recognition of APRNs as Full Practice Providers in VA Facilities

Posted on Jun 26, 2014

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.

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Joint Commission Issues Alert on Preventing Infections from Unsafe Injection Practices

Posted on Jun 20, 2014

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.

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National Study Will Deploy Nurses as 'Falls Care Managers' to Prevent Fall-Related Injuries in Older Adults

Posted on Jun 18, 2014

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.

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President Obama Signs the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014

Posted on Apr 04, 2014

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.

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