• Joint Commission tool improves hand hygiene, reduces infections, study says

    January 15 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Patient safety, Quality

    A study involving 150 inpatient units in 12 hospitals found “significant improvement” in hand hygiene compliance with the use of the Joint Commission’s Targeted Solutions Tool designed to reduce hospital-acquired infections. The study, published in the January issue of the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, said researchers tallied 31,600 observations in Memorial Hermann Health System hospitals and found hand hygiene compliance improved from 58.1 percent to 95.6 percent.

  • Meaningful use likely to end in 2016, CMS head says

    January 15 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Meaningful Use, Technology

    The federal government’s meaningful use (MU) program supporting the adoption of health information technology is likely to change significantly in 2016, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt said this week.

  • NAM report identifies social risk factors that may influence Medicare measure performance

    January 15 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: American Hospital Association, Quality

    The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) this week released a conceptual framework for how social risk factors may influence health care use, outcomes and costs in Medicare payment and quality programs.

  • NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program applications open

    January 15 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Staff Development/Education

    Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program, which offers RNs financial assistance to repay some of their educational loans in exchange for service at a health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses or as nurse faculty at an eligible school.

  • Nurse executive competencies for population health released

    January 15 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: AONE, Population/community health

    To support the role of the nurse leader in population health management, AONE recently released Nurse Executive Competencies: Population Health.

  • Study: Medicare costs lower when nurse practitioners provide primary care

    January 15 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: APRNs

    Having nurse practitioners provide primary care could save money for the Medicare system, says a study published last month in the journal Health Services Research. In a finding that contradicts previous data, the cost to Medicare is lower when nurse practitioners rather than physicians provide primary care, noted an article on the website of the Campaign for Action.

  • AONE member Shaffer recognized by Royal College of Surgeons

    January 08 2016|Publication: eNews Update

    AONE member Franklin A. Shaffer, EdD, RN, FAAN, chief executive of CGFNS International, last month was awarded the prestigious title of Ad Eundem Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Ad Eundem Fellows are awarded by the Royal College faculty to persons holding fellowships of other faculties or colleges or equivalent qualifications recognized by the Council and who are in the bona fide practice of their profession. Shaffer's nursing career spans a period of 50 years in a variety of leadership roles of increasing responsibility in advancing human resources for health, both locally and globally. Michael R. Bleich, PhD, RN, FAAN, board president of CGFNS International, noted, "It is most fitting that [Shaffer's] global work on nursing education and practice has taken him to Ireland to be recognized. Dr. Shaffer's Ad Eundem Fellow award will continue to inspire us to advance the nursing field for the improvement of the quality of life for all." (CGFNS International news release, 12/21.15)

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