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2012 Public Policy News

IOM Update: Texas Action Coalition Urges Reimbursement of RNFAs by Medicare

Publish Date: December 19, 2012 

The Texas Team Advancing Health Through Nursing urged for the reimbursement of registered nurse first assistants in a November 5 letter.

AORN Comments to FDA on Medical Device Identifier Rule

Publish Date: December 5, 2012 

Label of medical devices would be required to include UDI.

North Carolina Hospital Celebrates Central Sterile Week

Publish Date: November 21, 2012 

Randolph Hospital in Asheboro, North Carolina celebrated Central Sterile Week (October 14-20, 2012) in a big way this year.

What the Obama Win Means to AORN

Publish Date: November 7, 2012 

In January 2013, President Obama will recite the oath of office and be sworn in for his second term. Whatever the election results, AORN's legislative priorities remain constant.

North Carolina Leaders Attend American Nurses Advocacy Institute

Publish Date: November 7, 2012 

Karen Lemmons and Lady Sue Bell sponsored by AORN to develop political leadership skills.

Virginia BON Proposes Continued Competency Requirements

Publish Date: November 7, 2012 

AORN submitted comments to guarantee CNOR and CRNFA are included.

New York Governor Vetoes Certification Bills

Publish Date: October 10, 2012 

On October 2, 2012, the surgical technologist and central service technician certification bills along with a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) bill were vetoed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

IOM Update: AORN Joins Champion Nursing Coalition

Publish Date: October 10, 2012 

AORN has formally joined the Champion Nursing Coalition, a group of over 80 nursing, consumer, purchaser, and health provider organizations working to transform health care through nursing.

California Surgical Technologist Bill Vetoed

Publish Date: October 2, 2012 

California Governor Edmund Brown Jr. has vetoed Assembly Bill 2561, a surgical technologist certification bill.

Allied Health Certification Bills Hit NY Governor's Desk

Publish Date: September 26, 2012 

Governor Cuomo is considering two bills that would require allied health professionals to become certified in the state of New York.

California Surgical Technologist Bill Passes Both Houses

Publish Date: September 12, 2012 

A bill that would make it unlawful for a person to use the title "certified surgical technologist" unless the person meets certain educational requirements and holds a certification has passed both houses of the legislature and is currently being enrolled before being sent to the Governor's desk for action.

Massachusetts Surgical Technologist Certification Bill Awaiting Action

Publish Date: August 15, 2012 

A Massachusetts surgical technologist certification bill is waiting to be acted on in the House of Representatives before the Massachusetts legislature adjourns on January 1, 2013.

Washington Considers Surgical Technologist Certification Requirement

Publish Date: August 1, 2012 

The Washington State Department of Health is examining whether surgical technologists in the state should be required to maintain national certification from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

89 New Accountable Care Organizations Announced

Publish Date: July 18, 2012 

89 new Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have been selected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to participate in the Medicare Shared Saving Program, bringing the total to 154 organizations participating in Medicare shared savings initiatives.

New York Surgical Technologist Certification Bill Passes

Publish Date: June 20, 2012 

A bill that would require New York surgical technologists to become certified has passed the New York Senate and Assembly and is headed for the Governor’s desk.

Health Care Reform Decision

Publish Date: July 2, 2012 

Despite the ongoing political clashes over the health care reform law, now that the decision is in, hospitals and insurers are moving ahead with plans to improve quality of care while reducing health care costs. Regardless of political affiliation or personal experience with the law, all perioperative nurses need to show leadership in this time of transformation.

Appellate Court Protects Patient Safety Work Product

Publish Date: June 20, 2012 

The Illinois Second District Appellate Court has upheld a lower court's decision that patient safety work product is privileged under the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 1995.

New York Bills on the Move; Sterile Processing Bill Passes

Publish Date: June 20, 2012 

Three pieces of legislation in New York are moving through the legislative process: a central service technician certification bill, an RNFA reimbursement bill, and a surgical technologist certification bill.

Six States Receive Grants to Establish Affordable Insurance Exchanges

Publish Date: June 6, 2012 

Illinois, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee and Washington have received more than $181 million in Establishment Grants from the Department of Health and Human Services to establish Affordable Insurance Exchanges.

Legislation Affecting Drug Shortage Considered by Congress

Publish Date: June 6, 2012 

Federal legislators are considering legislation that would help to alleviate the drug shortage in the United States.

CMS Finalizes Hospital Regulations, Modifies Hospital Conditions of Participation

Publish Date: May 30, 2012 

In May 2012 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published its Final Rule revising the hospital and critical access hospital Conditions of Participation (“CoPs”).

IOM Update: Advocacy for RNFA Reimbursement

Publish Date: May 23, 2012 

New York State Future of Nursing Action Coalition identifies Medicare’s continued refusal to reimburse RNFAs for first assistant services as a scope of practice barrier, and says resolution of the barrier is wholly consistent with the recommendations in the IOM Future of Nursing report.

New RNFA Resource: Model Reimbursement Bill

Publish Date: May 23, 2012 

AORN's RNFA Specialty Assembly and the National Legislative Committee have prepared template language for state RNFA reimbursement bills.

Alabama Passes Bill for Nurse Scholarships

Publish Date: May 23, 2012 

Senate Bill 44 was signed by the Governor of Alabama on April 30, 2012. SB 44 provides up to $10,000 in scholarships to Alabama nurses seeking master's or doctorate degrees in nursing.

Joint Commission Updates Vendor Credentialing FAQ

Publish Date: May 9, 2012 

The Joint Commission recently updated its FAQ concerning non-licensed, non-employee individuals, which includes health care industry representatives and vendors. The Joint Commission's approach is consistent with the AdvaMed recommendations developed with AORN.

AORN Supports ANI Comments on Meaningful Use

Publish Date: May 9, 2012 

AORN is a supporter of the comments submitted by the Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI) to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the recently proposed Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements.

IOM Update: AORN Joins Provider Community Letters to Federal Trade Commission

Publish Date: April 25, 2012 

AORN joined in with many other Nursing Community organizations and the Coalition for Patients' Rights in letters to the Federal Trade Commission encouraging the FTC to continue its efforts to investigate unfair trade practices in health care.

IOM and Nursing: New Action Coalitions Announced

Publish Date: April 25, 2012 

In March the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action announced 12 new Action Coalitions, bringing the total number of states with Action Coalitions to 48.

Tennessee RNFA Bill Stalls

Publish Date: April 11, 2012 

Tennessee House bill 3138 was withdrawn from the House Commerce committee by the sponsor because the bill did not have enough votes to pass the committee.

2012/13 National Legislative Committee Announced

Publish Date: April 11, 2012 

AORN's government affairs department is delighted to announce that Jane Kusler-Jensen, MBA BSN RN CNOR, is the new Chair of AORN's National Legislative Committee. Dianna McCorkle, BSN RN CNOR, of New Jersey has been selected as the new Region 2 representative to the NLC. The remaining regional representatives will stay the same for the 2012/13 year.

Pennsylvania Considers Requiring Certification of Central Supply Technicians

Publish Date: April 11, 2012 

A bill which would require central supply technicians to be certified has been introduced in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

AORN Endorses Call to Action on Sharps Safety

Publish Date: March 28, 2012 

AORN has endorsed a Consensus Statement and Call to Action issued by the International Healthcare Worker Safety Center at the University of Virginia and the American Nurses Association. The statement recognizes that while substantial progress has been made in reducing needlesticks and blood exposures among healthcare workers, preventable injuries continue to happen.

Surgical Technologist Bill Fails in Florida

Publish Date: March 28, 2012 

A bill that would have required education and certification of surgical technologists in Florida licensed health care facilities failed in the Florida House of Representatives.

ANA Endorses AORN's Position on RN Circulator

Publish Date: March 21, 2012 

The American Nurses Association's board of directors officially endorsed AORN's Position Statement One Perioperative Registered Nurse Circulator Dedicated to Every Patient Undergoing a Surgical or Other Invasive Procedure. Ensuring that there is a perioperative registered professional nurse in the role of circulator in every operating room is the top legislative priority of AORN.

CMS Proposes Definition of Stage 2 Meaningful Use

Publish Date: March 14, 2012 

CMS announced its proposed rule for Stage 2 meaningful use criteria that eligible hospitals and health care professionals must meet in order to qualify for incentive payments under the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs.

Mississippi Considers Recording All Surgical Procedures

Publish Date: February 29, 2012 

The Mississippi legislature is considering House Bill 1006, which would require the entirety of all surgical procedures performed by physicians or other health care providers be recorded.

HHS Announces More Assistance to States

Publish Date: February 29, 2012 

Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the implementation of three new provisions of the Affordable Care Act which are intended to provide more assistance to the states as they improve their Medicaid programs and insurance markets.

States Explore Ways to Fund Nursing Education

Publish Date: February 22, 2012 

States nationwide are experiencing a shortage of both nurse faculty and practicing nurses. Several states are working to address both of these issues through legislation.

Legislating Competence? Bills Focus on Continuing Competency

Publish Date: February 15, 2012 

California and Georgia are considering bills that would require a demonstration of competency for professional registered nurses.

West Virginia Proposes Tax Credit for Nurse Faculty

Publish Date: February 15, 2012 

West Virginia is considering Senate Bill 384, which would establish a tax credit of up to $3500 for full-time nurse educators.

New York and New Jersey Consider BSN Requirement

Publish Date: February 1, 2012 

Legislators in New York and New Jersey are both considering bills which would require new registered nurses to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing within 10 years of becoming licensed.

White House Highlights 10 States’ Reform Efforts: AL, CO, ID, MI, MN, MS, NV, PA and RI

Publish Date: February 1, 2012 

This progress report from the White House details the various actions different states have taken to implement health care reforms, with specific profiles of 10 states’ efforts to establish affordable insurance exchanges.

CMS Hospital Engagement Networks

Publish Date: January 18, 2012 

As part of its Partnership for Patients program, CMS has engaged 26 Hospital Engagement Networks (HENs) to design and conduct various types of training events and sessions for hospitals.

Check for Your Colleagues – CMS Innovation Advisors

Publish Date: January 18, 2012 

On January 3, 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the first group of Innovation Advisors. 73 individuals from 23 states and the District of Columbia have been selected to work with the CMS Innovation Center to test new models of care delivery in their own organizations and communities.

Check Your Area - CMS Names Pioneer ACOs

Publish Date: January 18, 2012 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is testing an alternative ACO model, the Pioneer ACO Model. The Pioneer ACO Model is designed to support organizations with experience in operating as an ACO.

New Jersey Governor Signs Surgical Technologist Bill

Publish Date: January 18, 2012 

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed Assembly bill 3946 which sets forth minimum requirements for employment as a surgical technologist in New Jersey hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers.


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