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Nurses spar with doctors as 30 million insured seek care
Bloomberg
There is a tug-of-war between doctors and nurses over who will provide basic primary care for the 30 million U.S. citizens expected to get health insurance under the 2010 healthcare law. Nurse practitioners say they can do their jobs just fine without doctors and they're lobbying lawmakers to end restrictions in more than a dozen of the 34 states that require physician oversight. Despite the need for increased care, doctors are pushing back.
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 MARN News & Updates


MARN 2013 Health Policy Committee legislative forum
Friday, March 22, 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Great Hall — Boston Statehouse
Nurse Advocacy Through the Legislative Process — Addressing Workplace Issues and Scope of Practice
Featured speakers:
Reps. Kay Khan and Ellen Story
David Yamada, Professor of Law and Director, New Workplace Institute, Suffolk University Law School
This educational program will introduce and educate nurses on the legislative process. How nurse advocacy can advance legislation that affects our work environment, scope of practice and ultimately, our patients.
Forum flyer, click here.
Register now, click here.

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FREE Webcast - Beyond the Search: Maximizing the Quality of Systematic Reviews

Join experts from the Joanna Briggs Institute for this 1hr session to better understand systematic reviews, the role they play in informing practice and policy in health care today and the opportunities for clinicians and librarians to influence the development of systematic reviews and improve the quality of evidence synthesis at their institution. Register Today


MARN 2013 Living Legends in Nursing and awards banquet & annual spring conference: The Impaired Clinician — from Recognition to Rehabilitation
April 26-27, Lombardo's, Randolph, Mass.
Click here for the convention flyer.
For exhibitor/sponsorship opportunities, click here.
For call for posters information, click here.

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Groups call for health IT steps to reduce disparities
Consumer and minority health groups issued recommendations to maximize the potential of health information technology to reduce health disparities. The report calls for expanding access to health IT and mobile technologies in communities of color; minimizing barriers to online eligibility and enrollment for health insurance; supporting the collection and reporting of patient demographic data; and including privacy and security protections to prevent misuse of health data for other purposes. The report was released by the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, Consumers Union and National Council of La Raza at a White House Summit on Achieving eHealth Equity.
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ANA Code of Ethics REVIEW — Deadline March 15
ANA's Center for Ethics and Human Rights has begun a review of the Code of Ethics for Nurses to determine the need for revision. As part of this process, we are seeking public comment via a survey through March 15.
Dear ANA Member,
The American Nurses Association Center for Ethics and Human Rights is seeking your input! Complete the survey exploring whether the Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretative Statements should be revised. The Code was last revised in 2001. Results from the survey will advise ANA on whether or not to proceed with a revision of the Code. It will also inform ANA should the decision be made to move forward with revising the Code.
Access the survey and submit your comments TODAY. The deadline for submitting comments is March 15. The survey takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and it must be completed in one sitting.
Ethics is integral to nursing practice, and the Code, one of ANA's foundational documents, is essential for nursing practice. For more information or to review the current Code, go to http://nursingworld.org/CodeofEthics.

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 Around Massachusetts


Control healthcare costs by shifting care to 'organic ACOs'
The Boston Globe
Healthcare in the United States has traditionally been financed using a "fee for service" payment model. But the Affordable Care Act of 2010 has created an important new "at risk" payment model for healthcare providers as part of the broader reform of the healthcare system.
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In Massachusetts we trust
The New York Times
From a labor-market perspective, the Affordable Care Act has little in common with the 2006 health reform law implemented in Massachusetts. Some employers are complaining about the $2,000 per-employee-per-year penalty they will pay beginning next year when the main provisions of the Affordable Care Act go into effect.
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 Nursing News


Nurses' Health Study illuminates colorectal cancer risk
Nurse.com
An increasing body mass index was associated with a higher risk for colorectal cancer with a specific molecular characteristic, and, inversely, physical activity was linked to a decreased risk, according to data from the Nurses' Health Study and Health Professionals Study.
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Study: Payor policies influence job opportunities for nurse practitioners
Becker's Hospital Review
Nurse practitioner practice opportunities are limited not only by scope-of-care laws, but also by payor policies, according to a new study conducted by the Center for Studying Health System Change for the National Institute for Health Care Reform. The study examined scope-of-practice laws in six states that have laws of varying levels of restrictiveness. Researchers found that more restrictive laws make it more difficult for NPs to bill payors, order tests and establish independent practices.
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Infographic: Just how do nurses do it?
Business 2 Community
To be successful in your career, it's vital that you find and maintain a healthy work-life balance. But how do nurses do it? How do nurses balance work, family, going back to school and personal well being? Nurses can definitely be stretched too thin—they work more hours than their shift demands 81 percent of the time. On average, nurses work 49 minutes over scheduled hours, and the work doesn't end there.
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 Healthcare News


New healthcare rule expands benefits for substance abuse, mental disorders
The Hill
The Obama administration finalized a key Affordable Care Act rule predicted to expand substance abuse and mental disorder benefits to 62 million Americans. The rule, to take effect next year, lays out new "essential health benefits" standards for insurers, as required by the landmark legislation. It was designed to allow consumers a simplified and consistent way to shop for, and enroll in, healthcare plans that best suit them.
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'Sequester' cuts to hit healthcare hard
Los Angeles Times
As the Obama administration begins to implement $85 billion in cuts to federal spending this year, no part of the budget other than defense will take a bigger hit than healthcare. And the so-called sequester appears likely to have a disproportionate effect on areas of the health system already hobbled by years of retrenchment or underfunding, including public health and medical research.
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Another big step in reshaping healthcare
The Wall Street Journal
Hospitals and health insurers are locking horns over how much healthcare providers will get paid under new insurance plans that will be sold as the federal health law is rolled out. The results will play a major role in determining how much insurers will ultimately charge consumers for these policies, which will be offered to individuals through so-called exchanges in each state.
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 Policy & Reform


Loophole for mental healthcare
POLITICO
Even if you get insurance under the new healthcare law, that's no guarantee you'll be able to pay your shrink. With mental health on the front burner since the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, Democrats have pointed out that the Affordable Care Act expands access to mental healthcare in several ways. It will get coverage for more people, either through private plans or Medicaid — and the benefits will have to include mental health.
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Nurses: Anesthesia care and Web-surfing may not mix
NPR
The next time you're being wheeled into the operating room, you might want to ask the medical professionals there to lay off the eBay and Twitter apps on their phones. That's the word from the nation's nurse anesthetists, who just came out with a new policy urging OR staff to use their smartphones for the practice of medicine, not Facebooking.
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