Health Policy News

Health Policy News

The AORN Government Affairs team analyzes and reports on the impact of local, regional and national policies, regulations and legislation as it relates to the perioperative profession.

We stay current with the rapidly changing health policy landscape in Washington, D.C. for you by working closely with our colleagues in the Nursing Community Coalition and the Coalition for Patients’ Rights.

Here are the latest health policy and legislative updates (log in to view updates).

April 17, 2019

California Agency Reviewing Comments on Surgical Smoke Evacuation

California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board working toward proposed regulations addressing surgical smoke plume evacuation in California hospitals.

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April 17, 2019

Pennsylvania Legislature Looks at Allied Health Care Providers

Pennsylvania is considering a certification requirement for surgical technologists and central sterile supply technicians.

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April 17, 2019

Texas Considers Continuing Education for Surgical Technologists

Texas looks to add continuing education requirement for grandfathered surgical technologists.

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March 28, 2019

Colorado Second State to Enact Surgical Smoke Evacuation Law

On March 28, 2019, Colorado Governor Jared Polis took the important step to sign into law a surgical smoke bill that will protect Colorado perioperative nurses and surgical team members from the harmful effects of plume.

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February 27, 2019

Massachusetts HIV Testing after Occupational Exposure

Massachusetts House Docket 1754 attempts to update the Massachusetts HIV testing law related to occupational exposure.

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February 13, 2019

PA Allied Health Care Bill Dies in Committee

A bill that would have required certification for both central service technicians and surgical technologists in Pennsylvania was killed in committee earlier this month.

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February 13, 2019

Oregon Introduces Smoke Evacuation Legislation

New Oregon bill has bipartisan, bicameral support and is slated for hearing soon.

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February 13, 2019

Colorado Smoke Evacuation Bill Passes House

Bill would require hospitals and ASCs to have smoke evacuation policies by May 2021.

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January 23, 2019

Nurse in Washington Scholarship

AORN Government Affairs will cover the registration and travel expenses for one active AORN member to attend NIWI on March 24-26, 2019, in Washington, D.C.

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