Volumne 12, Issue No. 1
February 4, 2014

FAAN

Home Health Legislation Reintroduced in U.S. House, Ensures Better Patient Access to Care, Removes Barriers for Nurses as Qualified Providers

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

On June 21, 2011, Representatives Greg Walden (R-OR) and Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) reintroduced the “Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2011” (H.R. 2267). This bipartisan legislation would allow advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) – nurse practitioners (NPs), clinical nurse specialists (CNSs), certified nurse midwives (CNMs), physician assistants (PAs) – to order home health services and meet the face-to-face requirement under Medicare in accordance with state law.

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With Battle Underway on Capitol Hill, ANA Testifies to Counter Attacks on Medicaid Funding

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

The American Nurses Association (ANA) is working on several fronts to counter attacks on Medicaid funding and to ensure that nurses are informed about the efforts on Capitol Hill that impact this program which provides essential health care coverage for an estimated 58 million Americans.

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ANA Joins Partnership for Patients: Better Care, Lower Costs

Friday, April 29th, 2011

On April 12, 2011, the American Nurses Association (ANA), the nation’s largest nursing organization, was proud to join Partnership for Patients: Better Care, Lower Costs, a coalition of hospitals, providers, patient advocates, employers and state and federal officials dedicated to creating a safer, higher quality health care system.

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Study Confirms ANA Goal to Match Nurse Staffing Levels to Patients’ Needs

Friday, April 1st, 2011

A new study that evaluates hospital nurse staffing by each shift and unit shows that inadequate staffing is tied to higher patient mortality rates — a conclusion that reinforces the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) principles that call for nurse staffing to be flexible and continually adjusted based on patients’ needs and other factors.

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ANA Member Mary Naylor Appointed to MedPAC

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

As you may be aware, nursing leader and ANA member Mary Naylor, PhD, RN, FAAN, was recently appointed to be a commissioner on MedPAC, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. MedPAC is charged with advising Congress and CMS (the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) on Medicare and Medicaid policies, including annual payment updates for the Medicare prospective payment systems – such as the Physician Fee Schedule, which covers the reimbursement of APRNs (advanced practice registered nurses).

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