• 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)

  • 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.

  • Across the Continuum: Leading Home Care Nurses

    January 01 2016

    As health care organizations have moved beyond hospital walls and acute care, so too the role of the nurse leader in the hospital setting has evolved over time. At one point, the most senior nurse leader in the acute care organization held the title of director of nursing and was viewed as having the singular responsibility for managing the department of nursing (Frederickson & Nickitas, 2011). With the need to develop an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to health care planning and management, the role of the senior nurse leader was increasingly recognized as essential to the strategic planning focus of the organization (Crosby & Jozwiak Shields, 2010). This resulted in the expansion of the scope of responsibilities of the role to include accountability for patient care services across the continuum of care (Frederickson & Nickitas, 2011). The transition from bedside to the boardroom made clinical expertise and experience no longer sufficient to hold a leadership role commensurate with other top executives in the organization.

  • Collaboration, Change and Influence: the Evolving Role of NSCSN

    January 01 2016

    Collaboration is the principle that binds the vital interface between AONE and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). When I retired in September and welcomed David Benton, RGN, RMN, BSc, MPhil, PhD, as the new CEO for NCSBN, I reflected a great deal about the importance of collaboration to foster change and influence health policy.

  • Finding Ways to Better Manage Care Transitions: An Overview of Huddle for Care

    January 01 2016

    Huddle for Care is a website launched this year that helps care teams find solutions to care transition problems. The site is hosted and managed by the Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET), an affiliate of the American Hospital Association.

  • Focus on Managing Care Across the Continuum

    January 01 2016

    When I began my role at Inova almost six years ago, our system chief medical officer and I were charged with leading the redesign of our care delivery model. The Affordable Care Act was on the horizon and the expected health care shift from volume to value and inpatient to outpatient required us to strengthen our pathways along the health care continuum. The focus on population health would blur the traditional service lines between inpatient and out. We needed to develop a patient-centric, team collaboration care model.

  • Keeping up with Health care delivery: Transition to practice model for RN Grads in Outpatient Settings

    January 01 2016

    The 2010 Institute of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change and Advancing Health, recommended the implementation of nurse residency programs across all settings. In California, leaders from academic and practice settings that included community partners formed academic practice partnerships in order to develop transition to practice (T2P) programs that would bridge the practice gap from student to professional nurse. Initial T2P programs in California were designed as demonstration projects to assist new RNs by increasing their competence, confidence and skills and to also increase their employability.

  • The Complex Role of the Care Manager: Competencies Required to Ensure Success

    January 01 2016

    The rapidly changing and complex health care environment has created a need and an imperative to work efficiently and collaboratively to achieve positive patient outcomes. The mantra to reduce length of stay, decrease unplanned hospital readmissions, minimize insurance denials while at the same time improve patient clinical and satisfaction outcomes is challenging. A paradigm shift has occurred in health care reimbursement with the advent of accountable care organizations and bundled payment structures. To further add to the complexity, there is increased transparency of hospital performance with regard to infections, core measures and patient engagement/satisfaction.

  • 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.

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