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New mandates raise the stakes in flu vaccination for nurses
Flu season is fast approaching, and with it the flu vaccine. Dreaded by some, welcomed by others and a source of discussion for all involved in patient care, flu vaccinations raise many important questions for healthcare professionals. Do healthcare workers have an ethical obligation to get vaccinated? Should flu vaccination be mandatory for healthcare workers? Should those who aren’t vaccinated be required to wear masks or work away from patients?
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Navigating Your Nursing Career - National and Statewide Implications of the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Report on the Future Of Nursing
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Loss of nursing leader, Dr. Suzanne Smith
Dr. Smith held degrees from Simmons College and Boston University and was the Editor-in-Chief of JONA for over 30 years. At the time of her death, Suzanne was Editor Emerita of JONA and the Editor-in Chief of Nurse Educator, a journal focused to meet the needs of deans and faculty in Schools of Nursing.
Dr. Smith was active on a national and international level in many nursing organizations including the American Organization of Nurse Executives, The American Academy of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau, the International Academy of Nursing Editors, the Council of Science Editors and the Council on Graduate Education in Administration.
Massachusetts Wants Healthy Air video
The Massachusetts Wants Healthy Air video, as well as those created by other states, will help to keep the drumbeat going as we continue to push the Obama administration to approve these new standards by the end of the year.
The EPA’s proposal for cleaner gasoline and stronger tailpipe emission standards will significantly reduce ozone and particle pollution which is harmful to both lung and heart health. Cleaner gasoline alone will be equivalent to immediately taking 33 million cars off the road and will cost about a penny per gallon of gas.
Behavioral Health and IT — ONC issue brief released
ONC’s Office of Policy and Planning just released an issue brief that discusses adoption of health IT among behavioral health providers and highlights all the behavioral health activities supported, along with federal partners.
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MHC Member CeltiCare picked as new managed care org for MassHealth
CELTICARE CHOSEN AS CARRIER FOR NEW MEDICAID PROGRAM
CeltiCare Health Plan, which will soon be run by Gov. Deval Patrick’s one-time budget chief Jay Gonzalez, has been picked as the first new managed care organization to offer health insurance through MassHealth in 15 years. The Executive Office of Health and Human Services notified CeltiCare on Friday that it had been approved to provide health care coverage to residents in all five regions of the state through a new CarePlus program beginning in January. The CarePlus program will be available starting in January when the Affordable Care Act is implemented in Massachusetts, offering coverage to adults between 21 and 65 years old with incomes at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty level. Covered services will include medical, behavioral health, dental, vision, pharmacy, therapies and transportation. Gonzalez, who resigned as secretary of administration and finance in January, will take over as CEO of CeltiCare in January after about a year working as senior vice president and chief development officer. Founded in 2009 with a specialty in managed care, CeltiCare is a relatively new entrant to the Massachusetts health insurance marketplace. In 2009, CeltiCare partnered with the state to provide health care coverage to 26,000 legal immigrants when budget cuts put their coverage at risk. Two weeks ago, CeltiCare also received approval from the Massachusetts Health Connector to offer health insurance next year to individuals and small businesses under the Affordable Care Act.
Massachusetts Health Council Awards Dinner Gala
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013
Renassance Boston Waterfront Hotel
An evening to honor extraordinary individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions to promoting and protecting health and wellness in the Commonwealth and who exemplify leadership in promoting healthy living in our homes, workplaces, schools, and communities.
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Boston Mayoral Public Health Forum
The MA Health Council and 11 other organizations have arranged a public health forum for the 2 candidates that will be the finalist after the preliminary election. This public health forum is being held at Northeastern University on Oct. 8, 2013 8-10 a.m.
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Nurses will play growing role in population health management
Nurses are indispensable to population health management, an industry-wide initiative to transition from discrete, reactive patient care encounters to an approach that forecasts needs and enhances outcomes-especially among the highest-risk patients. Nurses will rely on technology to identify and analyze these populations' most pressing health needs and, working with other care team members, design interventions to satisfy or even preempt these needs.
Researchers discover a biological link between diabetes and heart disease
UC Davis Health System researchers have identified for the first time a biological pathway that is activated when blood sugar levels are abnormally high and causes irregular heartbeats, a condition known as cardiac arrhythmia that is linked with heart failure and sudden cardiac death.
Reported online in the journal Nature, the discovery helps explain why diabetes is a significant independent risk factor for heart disease.
No, we are not just nurses!
The Huffington Post (opinion)
Ajarat Bada writes: I started out in a busy oncology unit in a Philadelphia Hospital as a student nurse eight years ago. Since then, I have worked in almost every specialty from ambulatory care to women's health in the course of my nursing career. I did want to become a doctor and — not "but" — went to nursing school because in North America, you need a bachelor's degree to enroll in medical school. We (together with my family) reasoned that a degree in nursing was the ideal first step, in this regard, to a career in medicine.
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Scientists unsure why antidepressants may be linked to diabetes
People who take antidepressants may be at an increased risk for another serious health problem, Type 2 diabetes.
British researchers conducted a review of 25 earlier studies and reviews on the two health conditions, and found people taking antidepressants were more likely to have the chronic health condition caused by problems with controlling blood sugar levels.
Affordable Care Act impacting nursing
University of Indianapolis Associate Professor of Nursing Corinne Wheeler says the Affordable Care Act will ultimately benefit nursing as a profession by creating greater access to medical care. However, Wheeler says many healthcare organizations are currently unsure about...
FDA finalizes medical device ID system
The Food and Drug Administration announced a final rule Sept. 20 for the Unique Device Identification system designed to provide a consistent way to identify medical devices.
The UDI system has the potential to improve the quality of information in medical device adverse events reports, which will help the FDA identify product problems more quickly, better target recalls and improve patient safety, according to a news release. The FDA has worked closely with industry, clinicians and patient and consumer groups to develop this rule.
Nurses push to prep would-be patients on new healthcare law
A group of nurses goes out into the community to educate consumers about the new healthcare law. NBC’s Nancy Snyderman reports.
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Nurse practitoners will be in demand with new healthcare law
The Affordable Care Act contains provisions to increase the number of primary care physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. It funds scholarships and loan repayments.
"A key problem for choosing primary care is indebtedness," Ferretti said. "Our average student pays $165,000 for medical school, and that doesn't include what they might owe for their undergraduate degree. Helping these new physicians pay off their loans could encourage more of them to seek primary care."
Health technology no substitute for compassion
The Washington Times
Ideally those who rely on technology for diagnosing and treating disease are cautioned to exercise with wisdom. As good as we think we are at maintaining the body by way of scans, apps, and sophisticated computer programs, there remains a significant wild-card within the mind of the individual involved.
"There are many facets of the patient that tend not to shine through if the electronic medical record is all we have to go on," writes Richard Gunderman, M.D. in a recent column in The Atlantic.
Telemedicine can improve bottom line for healthcare organizations
Telemedicine, which uses the Internet, computers and mobile devices to provide remote patient diagnosis and care, could substantially increase revenue and market share for healthcare organizations, according to a recent study by the University of California-Davis Medical Center.
The study examined the electronic healthcare records and hospital billing records for patients transferred from 16 rural hospitals using telemedicine services to the UC Davis Children's Hospital between July 2003 and December 2010, says a report on the study by Public Sector View.
MIT initiative wants to turn nurses into inventors
MIT’s Little Devices Lab announced a new initiative to support innovation for nurses at New York’s 2013 World Maker Faire.
Little Devices Lab, which develops technologies for the healthcare environment, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation launched a six month initiative, MakerNurse, to travel the country and talk to nurses in order to learn what technologies and systems nurses use to improve healthcare, and further, what technologies they’ve conceived on their own.
More sway for FDA is object of new bill
The New York Times
A bipartisan committee of lawmakers from the Senate and the House reached a compromise on Wednesday on legislation that would give the Food and Drug Administration greater control over compounding pharmacies. But analysts said it was still unclear whether the law would actually make drugs safer.
Who knew that blood, sweat and tears could start a healthcare revolution?
Today we're witnessing a massive shift in who will collect and control diagnostic and other health information. For the first time, as people and patients, we will have control over what we measure, when we measure it, and who has access to our personal data. This is made possible by a new generation of revolutionary biosensors that contain the power of clinical lab instruments in packages that are light, small, wireless and highly efficient.
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