Volumne 12, Issue No. 1
February 4, 2014

Legislative Updates

Congress Gets Back to “Regular Order”: Passes Two Year Budget & FY 2014 Omnibus

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

As the Holidays approached Congressional Budget Leaders, Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), hammered out an agreement that would create a two year Congressional budget and limit the impact of the sequester hits for fiscal year (FY) 2014.
The final agreement H. J. Res 59, H.J. Res. 59, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 (BBA) was approved by both Houses of Congress and signed by President Obama on December 26, 2013. The passage of the BBA led to congressional appropriators being able to appropriate funds for all twelve agencies of the federal government in an Omnibus and finally close out FY 2014 .

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Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) Introduces Bill to Eliminate the Physician Signature for DME

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

On January 9th, Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA), the Ranking Member on the Ways & Means Health Subcommittee, introduced legislation to eliminate the physician signature for ordering durable medical equipment (DME). HR 3833 would essentially remedy the DME face-to-face problem by requiring the provider that the face-to-face to document that it was completed.

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Nursing Provisions included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

In addition to ANA’s major legislative initiatives, Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act, Safe Staffing, and Safe Patient Handling and Movement; we tracked a few provisions that impact nurses in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA, H.R. 3304, was signed into law on December 26th by President Obama after it passed the Senate by a vote of 84-15 and a voice vote in the House of Representatives.

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Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and HRSA Administrator Dr. Mary Wakefield Host Nursing Call

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

On Thursday, January 23, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and HRSA Administrator Dr. Mary Wakefield held a call for nurses around the country to discuss the important work nurses are doing around ACA Health Insurance Marketplace (HIM) outreach and enrollment.

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Veterans Health Administration Proposes Independent Practice for APRNs

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is currently considering revisions to its “VHA Handbook 1180.03: Nursing Handbook” to allow advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to “function as independent licensed professionals regardless of the State in which they are licensed.” The proposed revisions have been in the works for several years, but has drawn particular attention in the past six months.

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