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CMS rule creates reimbursement opportunities for RNs
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The American Nurses Association touted a new Medicare rule that calls for paying advanced practice RNs for primary care services intended to effectively manage patients' transitions from hospitals to other settings while preventing complications and conditions that lead to expensive hospital readmissions. More

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Maryland Nurses Association is sponsoring a webinar about fracking
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Energy in Crisis: Fracking and Health
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 1-2 p.m.
The webinar is presented by the Maryland Nurses Association.
Registration details coming soon.




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Massachusetts Student Nurses Association Career Forum — March 9, 2013, Worcester State University

MARN Health Policy Committee Legislative Action Forum — March 22, 2013, the Statehouse

MARN 2013 Living Legends in Nursing and Annual Awards Banquet — April 26, 2013, Lombardo's, Randolph

MARN Annual Spring Convention — April 27, 2013, Lombardo's, Randolph


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The challenge: Bring down Massachusetts health costs
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Massachusetts is the first state to say that healthcare costs must stop increasing faster than that of most other goods and services. Professor Stuart Altman, a Brandeis economist who advised President Richard Nixon on health policy and President Bill Clinton on Medicare, has responsibility for helping the state achieve that goal. More


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Pediatricians, pediatric nurses may lack training in concussion care
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Pediatricians and pediatric nurses often see young patients with concussions, but a new survey suggests they may lack the tools and training to diagnose and treat them. Researchers found 127 out of 145 pediatric primary and emergency care providers had referred at least one concussion patient to another doctor in the last three months. Sixteen percent of the providers said they didn't have the right training to tell families about their child's diagnosis. More

Get nurses on board for successful EHR adoption
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Nurses and physician assistants are an integral part of a successful electronic health record implementation, according to EHR Intelligence. A 2008 EHR adoption survey found practices had an 83 percent higher success rate when a nurse was assigned to enter the history of present illness and review of systems data for a patient into the EHR. More

Xerox designs system to reduce busywork for nurses
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Nurses spend lots of time doing what seems like busywork — logging into computers, pulling up patient files, entering details of what they did, and coordinating their duties with others. Researchers at Xerox are developing what they call the Digital Nurse Assistant to automate and simplify some of this work. The project is part of a broader trend to adapt information technology to the healthcare system to make it more efficient and cost-effective. More

Family's questions about Alzheimer's patients can put nurses in a bind
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Many nurses and other health workers at Alzheimer's care facilities feel unprepared to tell patients' family members the truth about their loved one's condition, a new study finds. More

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Drug shortages persist in US, harming care
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From rural ambulance squads to prestigious hospitals, healthcare workers are struggling to keep vital medicines in stock because of a drug shortage crisis that is proving to be stubbornly difficult to fix. Rationing is just one example of the extraordinary lengths being taken to address the shortage, which healthcare workers say has ceased to be a temporary emergency and is now a fact of life. In desperation, they are resorting to treating patients with less effective alternative medicines and using expired drugs. More

Big rise in Americans with diabetes, especially in South
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A breakdown of U.S. diabetes cases shows dramatic increases in the number of people diagnosed with diabetes overall between 1995 and 2010, with especially sharp increases among people in the South and in Appalachian states. More

Growing hospice costs focus of Medicare audits
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Once the domain of volunteers and churches, hospice is now a multibillion-dollar nationwide industry, with growth rates over the last decade that would please even the most ambitious financial manager. Medicare payments to hospice programs have ballooned from $3 billion in 2000 to $13 billion in 2010, turning what was formerly a minor expense into a target of government auditors desperate to rein in soaring medical costs. More

 Policy & Reform


Supervision laws worsen care access amid doctor shortage
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As the Affordable Care Act increases demand for care, supervision rules won't allow nonphysician providers to fill the void left by the physician shortage, according to healthcare experts from University of Michigan School of Nursing. More

Obama administration expected to release many new rules for health law
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With the national health law's political future now entrenched, a deluge of new rules is expected in the coming days and weeks as the Obama administration fleshes out the law's complex components. More

Study: US will need 52,000 more family docs by 2025
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A growing and aging population, along with increased access to health insurance, will create the need for 52,000 more primary care doctors within the United States by the year 2025, according to a new study. The researchers wanted to estimate how many such doctors the U.S. healthcare system would need after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, which will give an estimated 34 million more Americans access to health insurance. More
 

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