The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the Final Rule for the Medicare Program; End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System, Quality Incentive Program, and Bad Debt Reductions for all Medicare Providers. This final rule updates and makes revisions to the end-stage renal disease (ESRD) prospective payment system (PPS) for calendar year (CY) 2013.
In an article on Nursezone.com, 2012-2013 ANNA President Glenda Payne and member Kerri Holloway share insights on how health care workers can help reduce health care acquired infections, especially in the nephrology specialty, where patients suffering from kidney failure are already immunocompromised and more susceptible to infection.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced the 55 schools of nursing that have been selected to participate in RWJF's prestigious New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN). During the 2012-2013 academic year, the schools will receive grants to support students in their accelerated baccalaureate and master’s degree nursing programs, who are traditionally underrepresented in the field of nursing and are pursuing a second career in nursing.
Kidney Care Partners (KCP), a broad-based coalition of patient advocates, dialysis professionals, care providers and manufacturers working together to improve quality of care for individuals with chronic kidney disease and end stage renal disease, praised Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) for his introduction this week of a bill supporting research to improve access to care, expanding education and preventive care and ensuring patient choice for the more than 400,000 Americans with kidney failure.