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Nurses challenged to ask for their own medical records
Health Data Management    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Alliance for Nursing Informatics and American Nurses Association have teamed with the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT to encourage nurses across the nation to ask for a copy their own electronic health records. In doing so, nurses will become more aware of their rights to their own health information and can share the experience with patients and families, according to a posting on ONC's Buzz Blog page. The goal of the initiative is to increase patient use of personal health records and patients from 10 to 25 percent during the next two years. More

 MARN News & Updates

MARN fall conference: Register now
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"Assisted Suicide: Practice, Legal, Ethical and Religious Considerations"
As You Consider Ballot Question 2 — "Death with Dignity"
This is an important program not to be missed!
Keynote Speaker: Cynthia Ann LaSala, MS, RN
Clinical Nurse Specialist in Medicine and Advisor, Patient Care Services Ethics in Clinical Practice Committee, Massachusetts General Hospital
Appointed Member, ANA Ethics Advisory Board
ANA Center for Ethics and Human Rights

Saturday, Oct. 13, 8:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sheraton Framingham Hotel
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Massachusetts Health Council 2012 awards gala
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Plan to join us Wednesday, Oct. 17, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel
Honoring Karen Daley, PhD, MPH, RN
President, American Nurses Association
Get your tickets today! Click here.
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Authors wanted for the Massachusetts Report on Nursing (MARN Newsletter)
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Needed: Articles for the December 2012 edition of the Massachusetts Report on Nursing
Remember: The MARN newsletter is read by 113,000 RNs in the Commonwealth!
This is YOUR newsletter so we encourage YOU to make a contribution!
For 2012-2013, the newsletter is examining the topic of Palliative Care Nursing, so if this is your area of expertise, we want to hear from you! Your ideas about features to include in future newsletters are always welcome. The more input, the better!
We really look forward to your article.
Deadline date for submission is Oct. 10.
Your contribution can be sent to or mailed to:
MARN Newsletter
P. O. Box 285
Milton, MA 02186

MARN Technology Committee seeking new members
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The Technology Committee is actively seeking new members. The overall goal of the committee is to identify and implement technological upgrades for the organization. Please contact for more information or to sign up.

Membership Committee looking for donations
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Do you have sports tickets, baskets or other items to donate for an MARN Membership raffle? If so, please contact membership Committee Chair, Janet Ross at

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 This Just In

Join the ANA Government Affairs team — Let's hit the campaign trail!
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Tired of this do-nothing Congress? Get involved now, so 2013 can be the year health reform gets implemented and not repealed; safe staffing gets passed; home health reimbursements get fixed; and Title VIII funding increases. Election season is upon us and we want to be sure nurses' voices are heard. As you know, we support the Obama campaign and many other Congressional races to ensure that come 2013, Congress pays attention to the issues that matter most to us.
Want to know what you can do? Please join the ANA Government Affairs Team for a call on Sept. 13, from 2-3 p.m. We will explain what you can do to make sure candidates get elected that understand and prioritize nursing issues.

Click here to RSVP for the call.

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IOM: Health system wastes $750 billion a year — 10 fixes
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According to the new report released by the IOM, the healthcare system wastes $765 billion a year largely from unnecessary and inefficiently delivered services, excess administrative costs and overpricing, and in fraud and missed prevention opportunities.
Those are some of the findings from a 382-page report the Institute of Medicine released Thursday calling for a major overhaul to remove inefficiencies and other barriers to quality care. The report issues 10 recommendations to improve quality of care, and use healthcare resources better.
For more information, click here.

 Around Massachusetts

Questions raised about the future of Massachusetts hospitals
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As they brace for an era of shrinking government funds and mounting pressure to cut prices for medical services, Massachusetts hospitals face growing financial strains. Two dozen &mash; more than a third of the state's total — lost money last year, including rural community hospitals, urban safety net hospitals, and even affiliates of renowned academic medical centers, according to a new report from the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy. More

 Nursing News

Federal grants bolster nursing faculty, diversity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced $30.2 million in grants to support nursing workforce development. The bulk of the money, $23.3 million, went to 112 nursing schools to increase the number of qualified nursing faculty in the United States. Support from the program allows nursing schools to offer eligible students partial loan forgiveness when they graduate in return for working as full-time nursing faculty for a prescribed period of time. More

Detecting deception: How to handle a malingering patient
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Some medical experts say the number of patients who exaggerate illnesses seems to be rising. Patients who malinger, or exaggerate illness, can be a problem for health professionals. Malingering is recognized as the intentional production of false or grossly exaggerated symptoms motivated by external gain. More

 Healthcare News

X-ray tests may heighten cancer risk in susceptible women
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Researchers report that women with genetic mutations that put them at dramatically increased risk of developing breast cancer may also face a heightened risk from radiation used during medical screening and diagnosis. The imaging tools that help doctors identify disease, injury or damage to the body have long been known to carry some risk of cancer, in large part because ionizing radiation can damage the genetic material in the body. More

Cholesterol screening rates higher
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The number of U.S. adults screened for high blood cholesterol rose significantly from 2005 to 2009, CDC researchers reported. Results of a national survey on behavioral risks showed that the overall percentage of adults screened for high blood cholesterol within 5 years of the survey rose from 72.7 percent in 2005 to 76 percent in 2009, a notable 3.3 percent increase, researchers said. More

 Policy & Reform

Nurses influence health policies    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Everyone knows nurses are on the frontlines when it comes to caring for the sick, but it might not be apparent to all that their caring hands also help write legislation. Nurses represent one of the most trusted professions in the world. As part of their mission, nursing organizations like the American Nurses Association, National League of Nursing and locally, the New Hampshire Nurse's Association track state and national legislative bills and choose those relating to health care, offering their support and sometimes their opposition. More

Medicare implications of repealing the Affordable Care Act
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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 contains many changes to the Medicare program, including both savings and benefit improvements. Some policymakers, including the Republican presidential nominee Governor Mitt Romney, have proposed repealing the ACA. This data note describes key Medicare provisions in the ACA and explores the implications of repealing the law for Medicare program spending and beneficiaries' out-of-pocket costs. More

Blood infections plunge 40 percent under safety protocol
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A four-year project undertaken by some units in 1,100 U.S. hospitals has reduced central line-associated bloodstream infections by 40 percent, more than 2,000 infections, saving more than 500 lives and avoiding more than $34 million in healthcare costs. More

ACA implementation update call
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Please join us for the first in a series of monthly conference calls for an update on Affordable Care Act implementation efforts that impact doctors, nurses, hospitals and other providers of healthcare. The monthly "ACA Implementation Update for Providers" will review recent announcements from HHS and its agencies, explore one or two topics with senior HHS officials and provide an opportunity for you to ask questions and share feedback.

These update calls will be held on the second Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. EDT. The call is closed to the press — but all stakeholder and interested parties are welcome to attend. Our first call will be on Sept. 13, at 2 p.m. EDT.

WHAT: Affordable Care Act Implementation Update for Clinicians, Hospitals and other Healthcare Providers
TOPIC: Medicaid Expansion
Cindy Mann — CMS Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services
DATE: Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. EDT
DIAL IN: 888-455-2963; Passcode: 2954962

For those who are not able to join on Sept. 13 — a recording will be available after the call for 30 days by calling 800-570-8799 (no passcode needed).

The next ACA Implementation Update for Providers is currently scheduled for Oct. 11, at 2 p.m. EDT.


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