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]).
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:
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.
A new national infection prevention and control program funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) features free training courses for health care professionals. The States Targeting Reduction in Infections via Engagement (STRIVE) curriculum includes over 40 individual training modules grouped into 11 courses that focus on foundational and targeted infection prevention strategies.
The Nephrologists Transforming Dialysis Safety Initiative will offer an educational webinar entitled Targeting Zero Infections: Human Factors Engineering and Its Application to Dialysis on September 17, 2019 (12:00 noon ET). This complimentary webinar will explore human factors engineering and how it can be applied to your facility.