2019 Health Policy News

September 23, 2019

Oregon Smoke-Free OR Day February 4, 2020

AORN invites our Oregon members and your surgical team colleagues to spend the day at the Oregon State Capitol to advocate for surgical smoke evacuation legislation.

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September 10, 2019

New Jersey Legislator Introduces Surgical Smoke Evacuation Bill

New Jersey Assemblywoman Muñoz introduced A. 5765, which would require health care facilities to adopt policies to reduce exposure to surgical smoke and employ a smoke evacuation system, on August 27. The bill has been referred to the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee.

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August 12, 2019

Cal/OSHA Posts Meeting Minutes and Comments on Draft Regulations

Agency expected to issue smoke evacuation regulations later this year.

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July 10, 2019

Senate Introduces Title VIII Reauthorization Act (S. 1399)

AORN joins nursing community to thank Senators for their leadership.

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June 24, 2019

Workplace Violence Legislation Introduced Across the Country

At least 16 states have introduced more than 30 bills focused on workplace violence in healthcare settings.

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April 23, 2019

Georgia Surgical Technologist Bill Introduced

Bill would have Board of Medicine enforce surgical technologist certification.

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April 23, 2019

Maine’s Legislature Looks at Surgical Technologist Certification and Regulation

Legislation details certification and continuing education requirements for surgical technologists.

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April 23, 2019

Arizona Governor Signs Occupational Licensing Bill

Arizona to accept out-of-state professional licenses.

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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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