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The pleiotropic art of medicine
Medscape (free login required)
The practice of medicine is complex. It's an art. Art can benefit from the adoption of new technology, growing in its robustness and expression. Technology can spread access to both art and healthcare. But neither can grow in the face of inadequate standards or perverse incentives.
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ANA MASSACHUSETTS NEWS & UPDATES


REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
ANA Massachusetts 2015 Summer Event:
Nurses are Special…take time out to join us for a Day of Wellness!

Nurses always take care of others, so take a break and care for yourself!

Friday, Aug. 21, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Danversport Yacht Club

Keynote — Sue R. Levy, Savory Living
Eating Well for YOU: behavior changes, nutrition science, food skills to help you feel well
MAKE HEALTHY EATING HAPPEN IN 2015
Start a sustainable approach to healthy eating that fits your tastes and lifestyle.

Luncheon Fashion Show sponsored by North Shore Chico’s!
Check out our very own members sporting the latest styles of the season!
    Wellness Session Breakouts:
    featuring demonstrations, consultation and free samples

    Salem Fitness Center
    Elements Massage Swampscott
    Whole Foods Market Swampscott
    Yoga sessions
    Essential Oils
Comfortable Sports Attire Encouraged
Registration NOW OPEN!
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Now Open: Call for Nominations for Appointive Positions on ANA Committees and Boards
In 2014 the ANA Committee on Appointments (COA) adopted streamlined processes, including the implementation of an annual Call for Nominations for Appointive Positions. The general call for nominations for appointive positions on ANA committees and boards is now open until 5 p.m. ET on Friday July 31, 2015.
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Calling ANA Massachusetts Members: Subcommittee for 15-year Anniversary Celebration
We are seeking energetic, creative and dedicated volunteers to join a subcommittee as we work on planning the celebration of the 15-year Anniversary of our association, Spring 2016. Please send your name and contact information to lpresutti@anamass.org. We hope that you will join us in the planning of this exciting event for ANA Massachusetts (formerly MARN).
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REGISTER NOW!
Accredited Approver Unit Provider Symposium Western Workshop
Friday, Nov. 6, 2015

Baystate Health Conference Center, Holyoke, MA

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Become an active member!
Join the ANA Massachusetts Technology Committee

The overall goal of the committee is to identify and implement technological upgrades for the organization. Are you an ANA Massachusetts member who is looking for a way to become more involved in the organization? Do you have an interest or skill/expertise in IT and/or Technology projects. If you are looking for new opportunities, then we are looking for you! Contact info@anamass.org for more information
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Joint Alert from Division of Health Professions Licensure
In response to The National Transportation Safety Board safety study, Drug Use Trends in Aviation: Assessing the Risk of Pilot Impairment the Board of Registration in Dentistry, the Board of Registration in Nursing, Board of Registration in Pharmacy, and the Board of Registration of Physician Assistants, on behalf of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Division of Health Professions Licensure issued a joint alert regarding prescribing and dispensing controlled substances in November, 2014.
Click here to find an update to that original alert.

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NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS


End-of-life policies affect patients, RNs
Nurse.com
Increased public support of patients’ rights is driving new state laws. Legal decisions about health issues and national legislation on healthcare funding could change the way care in the U.S. is accessed and funded. To help keep readers informed, Nurse.com highlights some important healthcare policy issues for nurses to watch. Here, Nurse.com explore end-of-life laws and how this legislation affects nurses’ care of their patients.
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Industry payments to nurses go unreported in federal database
NPR
Nurse practitioners and physician assistants are playing an ever-larger role in the health care system. While registered and licensed practice nurses are not authorized to write prescriptions, those with additional training and advanced degrees often can.
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CMS announces flexibility when enforcing proper ICD-10 submissions on claim forms
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
On Monday, July 6, in a joint press release with the American Medical Association, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that it is giving health professionals more flexibility when enforcing proper ICD-10 submissions on claim forms: "In response to requests from the provider community, CMS is releasing additional guidance that will allow for flexibility in the claims auditing and quality reporting process as the medical community gains experience using the new ICD-10 code set."
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Study shows organ rejection can be overcome
Medical News Today
The body's "immune memory" of a rejected transplant may not be a permanent state, meaning a subsequent transplant can be successful, suggests a study of organs in mice. Published in Nature Communications, the study used transplanted hearts in mice and induced tolerance and then rejection before doing a second transplantation a week after rejection of the initial graft.
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Beyond tech: The human side of remote monitoring and health call centers
By Karen R. Thomas
What comes to mind when you think about remote patient monitoring? The first thing most people think of are the various technologies that make this transfer of health data possible. They envision the remote monitoring devices that collect data such as weight, pulse, oxygen saturation, blood pressure, blood glucose readings and so on, and transmit that data back to a technology hub.
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How can an RN transition from patient care to leadership?
Nurse.com
Author Donna Cardillo writes: Because you are in a transitioning process and exploring your options, it is important for you to start networking with those in roles/specialties similar to what you seek. Start getting out to local chapter meetings, as a guest, of the American College of Healthcare Executives , the American Public Health Association and the Association of Nurse Executives just to name a few. This type of in-person high-level networking is a great way to build your professional network and explore options.
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Simple heart scan may help identify patients at risk for premature death
Medical Xpress
According to the National Institutes of Health, a CAC is an X-ray test that looks for specks of calcium in the walls of the coronary arteries. These specks of calcium are called calcifications and are an early sign of coronary artery disease. Researchers from Emory University School of Medicine, led by Leslee Shaw, Ph.D., professor of cardiology, collected and assessed CAC scores and risk factor data taken from 9,715 study participants between the years 1996 and 1999. The findings suggest that CAC scans could help providers identify patients at risk for premature death.
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How can we slow the number of deaths from falls in older adults?
By Kimberley Bell
In May, the National Center for Health Statistics published a data brief called "Death from Unintentional Injury Among Older Adults Aged 65 and Over: United States, 2000-2013." One of the key findings of the study was that the age-adjusted fall-injury death rate among older adults has nearly doubled from 2000 to 2013 — from 29.6 per 100,000 to 56.7 per 100,000.
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Stroke tied to long-term mental decline
HealthDay News
Stroke victims often experience an immediate deterioration in their ability to think and reason. But a new study shows that a stroke also can have a more insidious, long-term effect on your mental processes. People who suffer a stroke are more likely to experience an accelerated decline in their thinking and planning skills for at least six years following their medical emergency, according to a report published July 7 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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School nurses: The ultimate multi-taskers
Wicked Local: Saugus
They may be known for bandaging scraped knees and offering kids a shoulder to cry on, but school nurses do so much more. School nurses are often the only healthcare providers stationed in a school, left to single-handedly treat up to 1,200 students plus faculty. This is a long way away from the state’s recommendation that one full-time nurse be responsible for 250 to 500 students.
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Studies: Chest pains, syncope in ED may not necessitate admission
By Chelsea Adams
When a patient's health is in question, it makes sense to admit them to the hospital and run a few tests — just to be safe — right? Well, a pair of recent studies in JAMA Internal Medicine indicate that may not be the best option. Roughly half of the 7 million adults arriving at the emergency department with chest pains each year are admitted to hospitals for observation and diagnostic testing. However, a new study says the number of admissions is probably too high and many patients could safely receive follow-up care in another setting.
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