• 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)

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