• 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)

  • AONE opens registration for 2016 Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C.

    January 08 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: American Hospital Association, AONE, Health policy/regulation

    AONE this week announced its 2016 Advocacy Day will be May 18 in Washington, D.C. As Congress seeks to reauthorize Title VIII nursing workforce development programs, it is critical nurse leaders tell their legislators and congressional staff about the challenges facing their patients and local communities. Title VIII nursing workforce development programs provide needed scholarship and loan forgiveness programs that enable communities to retain health care providers. AONE Advocacy Day gives nurse leaders an opportunity to advocate for funding to strengthen and maintain nursing workforce development programs. Visit the AONE Advocacy website for details about times, hotel accommodations and registration.

  • CMS model aims to test benefit of patient access to social services

    January 08 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Innovation, Staff Development/Education, Technology

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) this week announced a new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation model that will test whether access to health-related social services reduces health care costs and use of inpatient and outpatient health care services for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. Hospitals and health systems, health care practices, community-based organizations and others can apply until March 31 to participate in, the new model. The Accountable Health Communities Model seeks to bridge the divide between the clinical health care delivery system and community service providers to address health-related social needs such as housing and food security, interpersonal violence and transportation. Up to 44 organizations will receive funding to lead consortiums that will implement promising approaches to raise beneficiary awareness of available community services, help those at high-risk access services or optimize community capacity to address health-related social needs. Letters of intent to apply are due Feb. 8. (CMS news release, 1/5/16)

  • CMS seeks feedback on certification of EHRs used for quality reporting

    January 08 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Research

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) last week published a request for information (RIF) related to certification of health information technology, including electronic health record products used for reporting to CMS quality programs such as the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program and Physician Quality Reporting System. Areas of interest include how often to require recertification, the number of clinical quality measures to which a certified health IT module should be certified, and ways to improve testing of certified health IT modules. Kate Goodrich, MD, director of CMS's Center for Clinical Standards & Quality, said the RFI will provide CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT "with an opportunity to assess policy options that could improve the effectiveness of the certification of health IT and specifically the certification and testing of EHR products used for the reporting of quality measures." The deadline for submitting comments to CMS is Feb. 1. (AHA News Now story, 1/4/16)

  • Gallup poll again ranks nurses as most trusted profession

    January 08 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Informatics

    Nurses last month were ranked once more as the top profession in terms of honesty and ethical standards, according to a Gallup poll. Eight-five percent of survey respondents polled ranked nurses as high or very high in their degree of honesty and ethical standards. Nurses were followed by pharmacists (68 percent), medical doctors (67 percent), high school teachers (60 percent) and police officers (56 percent). The poll organization noted that nurses have topped Gallup's honesty and ethics ranking every year but one since they were added to the list in 1999. The exception is 2001, when firefighters were included on the list on a one-time basis, shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Gallup also noted that the 85 percent ties nurses' highest rating. The nationwide survey included 824 randomly selected adults. (Gallup news release, 12/21/15)

  • Voice newsletter launches mobile app

    January 08 2016|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: AONE

    AONE's Voice of Nursing Leadership, a bi-monthly newsletter, now has a complimentary mobile application for members, available for Android and Apple devices. With the app, members can download and search recent issues on smart phones or tablets. Find the Android app at the Google Play Store. The Apple version is available at the iTunes store. Voice of Nursing Leadership features articles about AONE's initiatives as well as advice and best practices to help nurse leaders thrive in their roles.

  • Accountable Care an Emory Healthcare: Nurse-Led Interprofessional Collaborative Practice

    December 31 2015|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Health care reform

    In the January issue of Voice of Nursing Leadership, Susan E. Shapiro, PhD, RN, FAAN, authored “Accountable Care an Emory Healthcare: Nurse-Led Interprofessional Collaborative Practice.” Shapiro leads us through the care model, including a useful diagrams and a preparation sheet for nurses performing Structured Interdisciplinary Bedside Rounds (page 6).

  • AONE unveils redesigned website with new features

    December 18 2015|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Technology

    AONE this week launched its redesigned website, aone.org. The redesigned website offers easy access to information about AONE’s competencies, certifications, annual meeting and other popular programs.

  • Flu season off to slow start, CDC says

    December 18 2015|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Population/community health

    The current flu season has gotten off to a slow start, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in the Dec. 11 of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Because of that, flu vaccination can still offer the public substantial benefits, CDC said.

  • Foundations provide $10 million to expand use of OpenNotes

    December 18 2015|Publication: eNews Update

    Four foundations will jointly provide $10 million to expand the use of OpenNotes, a national initiative that urges doctors and other clinicians to offer patients ready access to their visit notes.

  • Many states not prepared for infectious disease threats, study says

    December 18 2015|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Research

    More than half of states score poorly on 10 key indicators on their readiness to respond to infectious disease outbreaks, said a report released this week from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

  • More dollars for nurse scholarships in pending congressional funding bill

    December 18 2015|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Academia, Leadership development

    A federal funding bill released this week by congressional leaders would increase funding for NURSE Corps loan repayment and scholarship programs by $1.35 million and advanced nursing education by $1 million.

  • NCSBN website redesign offers enhanced reports on licensed nurses

    December 18 2015|Publication: eNews Update

    The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has updated the Nursys website to provide new features for looking up information about licensed nurses throughout the country.

  • Nursing assignments in NICU need more structure, study suggests

    December 18 2015|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Research

    A study based on a survey of more than 6,000 nurses caring for infants found that the babies who needed more care had more nurses assigned to them, but those assignments were not based on the nurses’ education, certification or experience, or on the availability of other care providers.

  • Panel issues recommendations for interoperable health IT

    December 18 2015|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Innovation, Technology

    The Health Information Technology Policy Committee this week sent Congress recommendations to overcome technical, operational and financial barriers to interoperable health IT, as mandated by legislation last year.

  • Report: Access to care improving, but state variation persists

    December 18 2015|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Care Coordination, Care Delivery, Research

    The uninsured rate declined in 42 states in 2014, and adults in 21 states were less likely to go without care due to cost, according to a new report from the Commonwealth Fund.

  • U.S. death rate down 16.6 percent since 2000; infant mortality at record low

    December 18 2015|Publication: eNews Update

    U.S. mortality rates fell 2.3 percent for infants and 1 percent for the overall population between 2013 and 2014, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • White House holds first of regional forums on opioid epidemic

    December 18 2015|Publication: eNews Update|Related Topics: Evidence Based Practice

    The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy this week held a regional forum in Oklahoma on evidence-based initiatives to prevent and treat prescription drug abuse and heroin use.

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