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National Influenza Vaccination Week Is December 1-7

Posted on Nov 01, 2019

December 1-7, 2019, is National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW). Established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2005, the week highlights the importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond.

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CMS Releases Final Rule on ESRD Prospective Payment System for 2020 (CMS-1713-F)

Posted on Nov 01, 2019

On October 31, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that updates 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, 2020.

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House of Representatives Passes Title VIII Nursing Workforce Act

Posted on Oct 30, 2019

On October 28, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Act of 2019 (H.R. 728). This bipartisan legislation helps to ensure a robust and diverse nursing pipeline, especially in rural and underserved areas, by reauthorizing the Nursing Workforce Development Programs (authorized under Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act [42 U.S.C. 296 et. seq]).

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CMS Proposes 2020 Policy and Payment Rate Changes for ESRD Facilities, Kidney Care Community Responds

Posted on Sep 25, 2019

On July 29, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule (CMS 1713-P) to 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, 2020. This rule also:

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Call for Case Studies for 2020 International Nurses Day Resource

Posted on Sep 21, 2019

International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. The International Council of Nurses (ICN) commemorates this day each year with the production and distribution of the International Nurses' Day (IND) resources and evidence. ICN is requesting submission of case studies for use in their 2020 International Nurses Day resource. Submissions should demonstrate the extraordinary work of nurses in a variety of settings.

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