On May 15 the United States Senate voted 91-7 to install Marilyn Tavenner as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Tavenner is a former health system leader and nurse and was secretary of health and human resources in Virginia.
The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has released “U.S. Nursing Workforce: Trends in Supply and Education Report,” which presents data on the supply, distribution, and education of the U.S. nursing workforce. The report presents an overview of the trends in the supply and pipeline of nurses to assist the work of national and state officials, policy makers, the nursing community, educators, and researchers focused on the nursing workforce.
It’s time to take action! ANNA was recently informed about a bill that has passed the Texas Senate and is currently awaiting a hearing in the Texas House. The bill, entitled SB 153 [PDF], would increase the maximum administrative penalty for state-licensed providers – including dialysis providers – from $1,000 per infraction, per day to $25,000 per infraction, per day.
The Nursing Alliance for Quality Care (NAQC) has released a white paper entitled “Fostering Successful Patient and Family Engagement: Nursing's Critical Role.” The paper calls for supporting nurses in increasing patient engagement and supporting patients and their families in meeting the challenges of making health and health care decisions.
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) extended the deadline for letters of intent and applications for the Comprehensive ESRD Care initiative. Based on the high level of stakeholder interest and feedback from the community on the need for additional time to prepare applications, the deadline for Letters of Intent has been extended from March 15, 2013 to May 15, 2013. The deadline for full Applications has been extended from May 1, 2013 to July 1, 2013.