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2020 Health Policy News

 

October 7, 2020

Join the National Legislative Forum

AORN’s National Legislative Forum is a monthly conference call open to all AORN members interested in legislative, regulatory and AORN Board updates...

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September 23, 2020

Georgia Senate Study Committee on Surgical Smoke Holds First Meeting

On Tuesday, September 15, the Georgia Senate Study Committee on Surgical Smoke Evacuation Systems held the first of three meetings scheduled for this fall...

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August 26, 2020

AORN Federal Government Affairs Update -August

Congressional conversations around the next COVID-19 relief package continue, and the Nursing Community Coalition is working to ensure that key nursing priorities are included...

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July 22, 2020

AORN Federal Government Affairs Update - July

The U.S. House of Representatives Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS-ED) Appropriations Subcommittee recently released their FY 2021 appropriations bill and summary...

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June 24, 2020

AORN Federal Advocacy Update

AORN represents operating room nurses and supports all nursing through its membership in the Nursing Community Coalition (NCC), which is comprised of 63 member organizations that are a cross section of education, practice, research, and regulation within the nursing profession.

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June 24, 2020

AORN Congratulates Greater Houston Chapter

Congratulations to AORN members of the Greater Houston Chapter. This year, in honor of Time Out Day on June 10, the chapter was successful in obtaining proclamations from four area cities: Pasadena, Pearland, Sugar Land and Houston.

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May 13, 2020

3 Ways to Strengthen Your Case for Smoke Evacuation

Education is the first step to shift attitudes and actions toward consistent smoke evacuation in all procedural areas.

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April 8, 2020

2020 Legislative Recap – Surgical Smoke

2020 saw a surge in surgical smoke evacuation legislation, with AORN and our members very busy working on surgical smoke evacuation legislation in ten states across the country.

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March 11, 2020

Tennessee Health Committee Hears Surgical Smoke Bill

Tennessee SB 1997, a bill to require hospitals and ASCs in the state to have a policy to evacuate surgical smoke, was heard in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday, February 26.

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March 11, 2020

Georgia Smoke Bill Gets a Hearing

SB 347, a bill to require hospitals and ASCs in the state to have a policy to evacuate surgical smoke, was considered by the Georgia Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Monday, March 2.

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February 26, 2020

Nebraska Rejects Surgical Technologist Registry Proposal

After a decade long debate, the Nebraska legislature voted against a registration requirement for surgical technologists in the state.

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February 26, 2020

Kentucky Smoke Bill Passes Senate

SB 91, a bill to require surgical smoke evacuation in Kentucky operating rooms, passed the Kentucky Senate unanimously on Tuesday, February 18. The bill, which was introduced and championed by Sen. Julie Raque Adams on January 14, moved quickly through the Senate Health and Welfare Committee without opposition.

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February 26, 2020

Utah Holds Hearing on Smoke Bill

On Wednesday, February 12, Utah SB 105 was heard in the Senate Business and Labor Committee. AORN and many perioperative nurses provided testimony in support of the bill and responded to a number of questions from committee members.

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January 22, 2020

Colorado Legislature Considers Central Sterile Processing Bill

Senate bill 20-087 was introduced in the Colorado Senate on January 13, 2020 and assigned to the Senate Health Care and Health Insurance Committee. The bill is backed by the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM).

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January 22, 2020

AORN Urges CMS to Provide Reimbursement for RNFA Services

AORN feedback to CMS on Executive Order 13890 on Protecting and Improving Medicare for Our Nation’s Seniors explains importance of RNFA reimbursement to our nation’s surgery patients.

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