On February 4, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new initiative designed to identify, test, and evaluate new ways to improve care for Medicare beneficiaries with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Through the Comprehensive ESRD Care initiative, CMS will partner with health care providers and suppliers to test the effectiveness of a new payment and service delivery model in providing these beneficiaries with patient-centered, high-quality care.
The Nurses' Health Studies are among the largest and longest running investigations of factors that influence women's health. Started in 1976 and still running, the information provided by the thousands of dedicated nurse participants has led to many new insights on health and disease. The studies have produced landmark data on cancer prevention, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and the effects of such lifestyle factors as diet and physical activity.
ANNA has joined the Alliance for Home Dialysis, a group that promotes activities and policies that facilitate treatment choice in dialysis care. This Alliance seeks to identify and address systematic barriers that limit access for patients and their families to the many benefits of home dialysis therapy. The Alliance includes work groups focused on the following four areas: Accessibility, Accountability, Reimbursement, and Innovation.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created a new continuing education course, Infection Prevention in Dialysis Settings, for outpatient hemodialysis health care workers, including technicians and nurses. The 1-hour self-guided training course reviews the following topic areas:
An article in USA Today spotlights the risk of unsafe injection practices. Don't put your patient's health at risk by re-entering single use vials. USA Today reports: "Since 2001, more than 150,000 patients nationwide have been victims of unsafe injection practices, and two-thirds of those risky shots were administered in just the past 4 years, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."