Congratulations to all Kentuckians for the passage of Senate Bill 7! See Below for more details.
Nurse Champion of the Week: Catholic Health Association
The Catholic Health Association (CHA) is a model for how to effectively engage nurses in health care delivery. With one nurse serving as president and CEO and another nurse chairing its board of directors, it is also a model for nurse leadership.
Comprised of more than 600 hospitals and 1,400 long-term care and other health facilities in all 50 states, the Catholic health ministry is the largest group of nonprofit health care providers in the nation.
Visit the Catholic Health Association’s website to learn more.
Funding, Tools and Other Opportunities
Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:
RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars: Call for Applications
Apply by February 12, 2014 (3:00 pm ET)
RWJF State Health Access Reform Evaluation (SHARE)
Proposals due February 13, 2014 (3:00 pm ET)
RWJF Public Health Law Research (PHLR)
Proposals due April 15, 2014 (3:00 pm ET)
HRSA Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) Program– Veteran’s Bachelor of Science Degree of Nursing (VBSN)
Apply by February 18, 2014
RWJF Clinical Scholars: Call for Applications
Apply by February 28, 2014 (3:00 pm ET)
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Opportunities:
National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN)
Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD)
Coordination and Evaluation Center (CEC)
Letters of intent are due March 2, 2014 (originally February 18)
Removing Barriers to Practice & Care
Kentucky Legislature Approves Bill to Remove Barriers to Practice & Care
Yesterday, the Kentucky legislature approved legislation to remove restrictive barriers to Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) practice and care. Under current law, APRNs are independent practitioners, but may only prescribe medication under a written agreement with a physician. If signed by the governor, Senate Bill (SB) 7 will remove the written agreement requirement for APRNs with four or more years of experience prescribing under a collaborative agreement or independently (in another state). Although APRNs will still need a collaborative agreement to prescribe controlled substances, this bill will help expand access to health care for many Kentuckians.
SB 7 passed the Senate on January 16 by a vote of 36-1 and unanimously passed the House yesterday, 99-0. It is the first piece of legislation approved by the Kentucky legislature this year. Stay tuned for more information about SB 7 in the weeks to come!
Sebelius, Wakefield Highlight Nurse-Led Efforts to Educate the Public About ACA Enrollment
On a recent national conference call with nurses, both Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius and Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), discussed the important role that nurses are playing to spread awareness about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and called on them to continue their efforts through open enrollment, which ends in March 2014. During the call, several nurses from across the country shared stories about the work they are doing around ACA outreach and enrollment. Read the full story here. Learn more about the call here.
New York State Action Coalition Helps Educate the Uninsured about Enrollment Options
Members of the New York State Action Coalition realized that, as members of the most trusted profession, nurses are in a unique position to help educate the public about insurance options available to them as a result of the Affordable Care Act. That’s why they initiated a project to urge nursing organizations, nurse leaders, and faculty to facilitate ways that their members, practicing nurses, and students can become informed about and involved in encouraging uninsured individuals to enroll in the health insurance exchanges. Read more about their work in this new post on the Campaign website.
CMS Reports $380 Million in Savings through ACOs
Officials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced last week that accountable care organizations (ACOs) helped generate $380 million in savings in 2012 compared with the traditional Medicare program. Close to half of the 114 ACOs established under the Affordable Care Act in 2012 slowed Medicare spending in their initial year, but just 29 met benchmarks to qualify for bonus payments. Experts said more work is needed to modernize the Medicare payment system, and a CMS official cautioned that it may take time to fully realize the benefits of the accountable care approach. Read more here.
Upcoming CCNA Webinars
The Center to Champion Nursing in America continues host a series of technical assistance webinars and teleconferences on a variety of topics. Invitations with registration and login information for webinars will be sent separately. To ensure that you receive future webinar invitations, please go to http://campaignforaction.org/email-registration/, enter your information, and select the publications you wish to receive.
Make Your Mark: How to Use Campaign Marketing Materials
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT
Need a brochure? A one-page Campaign overview? A postcard you can leave behind at meetings? The Campaign for Action has created a number of materials for Action Coalitions to use and customize. Join our webinar to review these materials and how to use them effectively. We’ll walk you through what’s available to help you showcase your work and spread your message.