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2013 Public Policy News

Compounding drug bill becomes law

Publish Date: December 27, 2013 

New regulatory structure allows health care facilities to choose FDA-registered compounding facilities.

CMS 2014 outpatient payment rule includes care coordination focus

Publish Date: December 10, 2013 

Rate updates and bundling and coding changes for ASCs and hospital outpatient departments.

Central sterile supply bill introduced in Massachusetts

Publish Date: November 18, 2013 

Bill would require certification and continuing education for sterile supply technicians going forward.

98% of ASCs to receive full 2014 payment updates

Publish Date: November 18, 2013 

Nearly all Medicare-participating ASCs met quality reporting program requirements.

Illinois ASCs May be Surveyed to the Recommended Practices

Publish Date: October 30, 2013 

AORN comments on proposed revisions to Illinois ASC licensing regulations.

White House Thanks Nursing Organizations for Work on Health Care Reform

Publish Date: September 17, 2013 

On Monday, September 16, AORN participated in a conference call hosted by President Obama and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to discuss the launch of the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Illinois Updates Surgical Technologist Requirements

Publish Date: September 17, 2013 

Illinois Governor signs bill that extends the sunset for surgical technologist registration to 2024 and adds a requirement that surgical technologists attend an accredited educational program.

Pennsylvania Introduces Safe Staffing Bill

Publish Date: August 21, 2013 

A bill that would require Pennsylvania hospitals to develop, implement and monitor a professional nurse staffing plan for each hospital unit has been introduced in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

AORN Asks Georgia BON to Recognize Certifications

Publish Date: August 21, 2013 

AORN has written a letter to the Georgia Board of Nursing requesting that the CNOR and RNFA certifications be recognized by the Board as a way to fulfill new continuing competency requirements.

Federal Bill would Eliminate Manual Patient Handling

Publish Date: July 31, 2013 

Both ANA and AORN support the Nurse and Health Care Worker Protection Act of 2013, a federal bill that would eliminate manual lifting of patients by direct care RNs and health care workers.

AORN Comments on Colorado First Assistant Payment Rule

Publish Date: July 24, 2013 

AORN collaborated with the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists to submit comments to the Colorado Clean Claims Task Force concerning draft payment rules for processing first assistant at surgery claims.

AORN Submits Comments on Montana ASC Licensure Requirements

Publish Date: July 10, 2013 

AORN has submitted comments to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services regarding the proposed adoption of new rules for Montana outpatient centers for surgical services.

Allied Health Certification on the Table

Publish Date: June 26, 2013 

Legislators in New York have again approved certification requirements for allied health care providers.

Perioperative Nurses Send Letters to Commemorate Time Out Day

Publish Date: June 26, 2013 

Perioperative nurses around the country celebrated Time Out Day by educating others about its importance.

Georgia Governor Signs Continuing Competency Bill

Publish Date: June 26, 2013 

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed a continuing competency bill into law on May 6, 2013.

Tennessee Governor Signs Law Protecting Nurses

Publish Date: June 12, 2013 

New law criminalizes assault of health care professionals.

New York Introduces Surgical Technologist Certification Bill

Publish Date: May 29, 2013 

Senate Bill 5185/Assembly Bill 7419, a surgical technologist certification bill, has been introduced in New York.

New Virginia Continued Competency Requirements for RNs

Publish Date: May 22, 2013 

Effective August 1, 2013, new regulations in Virginia will require nurses seeking to renew an active nursing license to provide evidence of continued competency.

Tennessee Surgical Technologist Education Bill Signed by Governor

Publish Date: May 22, 2013 

Bill will require surgical technologists to complete 60 continuing education credits in a four-year cycle.

Florida Surgical Technologist Bills Die with End of Session

Publish Date: May 15, 2013 

Combined surgical technologist and surgical assistant bills, Senate Bill 360 and House Bill 281, both died on May 3 due to the end of Florida's 2013 legislative session.

Alabama Considers RNFA Reimbursement Bill

Publish Date: May 1, 2013 

The Alabama State Senate is considering a Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA) reimbursement bill this legislative session.

RNFA Reimbursement Bill Introduced in Pennsylvania

Publish Date: May 1, 2013 

A Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA) reimbursement bill, Senate Bill 846, has been introduced in the Pennsylvania Senate by Senator Patricia Vance.

North Carolina Nurses Association Endorses RN Circulator Bill

Publish Date: April 23, 2013 

The North Carolina Nurses Association (NCNA) has officially endorsed RN Circulator Bill, SB371: Patient Safety in Operating Rooms.

Michigan Introduces Registered Nurse First Assistant Reimbursement Bills

Publish Date: April 17, 2013 

House Bills 4520, 4521 and 4522, Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA) reimbursement bills were introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives on April 9, 2013 and referred to the Committee on Insurance.

RN Circulator Bill Introduced in North Carolina

Publish Date: April 3, 2013 

Senate Bill 371, a Registered Nurse Circulator bill, has been introduced in the North Carolina State Senate.

Washington Surgical Technologist Bill Stalls

Publish Date: March 20, 2013 

A surgical technologist education bill has stalled in the Washington State House of Representatives due to its failure to meet procedural deadlines for bill movement out of committee.

2013-2014 National Legislative Committee Announced

Publish Date: March 20, 2013 

AORN's government affairs department is delighted to announce the members of the 2013-2014 National Legislative Committee.

Central Service Technician Certification Bills Introduced in New York

Publish Date: March 6, 2013 

Senate Bill 00697 and Assembly Bill 00878, central service certification bills have been introduced in the New York state senate and assembly.

Virginia Surgical Technologist Bill Dies in Committee

Publish Date: February 20, 2013 

Senate Bill 858, a surgical technologist and surgical assistant bill has died in committee.

BSN Requirement Considered in New York

Publish Date: February 6, 2013 

A bill requiring New York registered nurses to earn a bachelor's degree within ten years of initial licensure has been introduced in the New York legislature. This is the second time NY has considered a "BSN in 10" bill.

AORN Member Appointed to Board of Nursing

Publish Date: February 6, 2013 

AORN member Nancy Fellows, BA MPA MSN RN CNOR of Willoughby Hills, Ohio has been appointed by Governor John R. Kasich to serve on the Ohio Board of Nursing.

CMS Begins Testing Bundled Payments

Publish Date: February 6, 2013 

CMS recently announced a new initiative, the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative, to test bundling payments for episodes of care.

Massachusetts Governor Signs Surgical Technologist Certification Bill

Publish Date: January 16, 2013 

A bill requiring certification of Massachusetts surgical technologists was signed by Governor Deval Patrick on December 28, 2012.

New York: 2013 Central Service Technician Certification Bill Filed

Publish Date: January 9, 2013 

A central service technician certification bill has been pre-filed for the 2013 legislative session in New York.

AORN Presses for RN Circulator Mandate in D.C. ASCs

Publish Date: January 9, 2013 

The District of Columbia Department of Health is considering the addition of new regulations for the licensure, construction and operating standards for ambulatory surgical facilities.


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