On April 1, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014. This law prevents a scheduled payment reduction for physicians and other practitioners who treat Medicare patients from taking effect on April 1, 2014.
National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6, also known as National Nurses Day, through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.
On March 14, 2014, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing draft guidance entitled “Allowable Excess Volume and Labeled Vial Fill Size in Injectible Drug and Biological Products.” The FDA indicates that the guidance is to address the concern of “injectable vial misuse, including unsafe handling techniques” that have led to an increase in contamination and risk of bloodborne illness transmission.
The iChoose Kidney mobile app and corresponding website - ichoosekidney.emory.edu - serve as a decision support tool for nephrologists, primary care physicians, social workers, nurses, and/or patient educators to use with ESRD patients to help improve informed decision making for kidney failure treatment options. Risk prediction models for mortality on dialysis or kidney transplantation are presented.
On March 31, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began conducting a national dry run of the Standardized Readmission Ratio (SRR) for dialysis facilities. The CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality has contracted with the University of Michigan Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center to develop and implement the dry run, which will be used to test the implementation of SRR reporting and to educate dialysis facilities about the measure.