Campaign for Action Update: April 23, 2014

 

Below are the weekly Campaign for Action updates for the Action Coalitions for April 23, 2014, that describe successes, related activities, and relevant tools for this national campaign.

Affordable Care Act Enrollment Reaches 8 Million

On April 17, President Barack Obama announced that at least 8 million people have signed up for health insurance plans sold through the exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act. According to the Administration’s estimates, an additional 5 million people have enrolled in private coverage and about 3 million more people enrolled in Medicaid through February. The Congressional Budget Office projects that by the end of the year, the law will cover 12 million newly-insured people.

The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action is working to ensure that our nation’s three million nurses are poised to address the increased demand that will result as the newly-insured seek care, and to fully realize nurses’ potential contribution to a patient-centered, seamless, transformed health care system.

Learn more here.

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Funding, Tools and Other Opportunities

Nursing Research Grants Application Now Available

The American Nurses Foundation is accepting applications for the 2014 Nursing Research Grants program. Funding will be awarded to beginner and experienced nurse researchers to conduct studies that contribute to the advancement of nursing science and the enhancement of patient care.

Applications are due Thursday, May 1, 2014.

Find more information on the Nursing Research Grants program here.

Hillman Foundation Accepting Proposals for Innovations in Care Program

The goal of the Hillman Innovations in Care Program is to advance leading-edge, nursing-driven models of care that will improve the health and health care of vulnerable populations. The Hillman Foundation is specifically seeking proposals that address the health care needs in the following areas: Maternal and Child Health, Care of the Older Adult, and Chronic Illness Management.

The Hillman Innovations in Care grants will consider support for two types of proposal:

  1. The adaptation of proven, well-established nursing-driven models to new or expanded settings or patient populations.
  2. The expansion of emerging nursing-driven models with early evidence suggesting a strong likelihood for achieving Triple Aim-like outcomes on a broad scale.

The program will award at least two grants of up to $600,000 each, distributed over a 36-month period.  Projects are expected to begin January 1, 2015 and end December 31, 2017.

Learn how to apply by reading the Request for Proposals. Brief proposals are due May 1, 2014.

Two Funding Opportunities for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research in Primary Care

The Agency for Health Care Research (AHRQ) has two funding opportunities aimed at increasing the use of patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) in primary care practices. The first opportunity will fund up to eight regional cooperatives to help primary care practices build capacity for the implementation of PCOR findings in clinical care. Initial efforts will support the use of PCOR findings to improve heart health.

The second funding opportunity is for a robust, external evaluation of the same initiative designed to discover if and how practice support can best be used to disseminate and implement PCOR findings in primary care practice.

In a landmark investment for the agency, AHRQ will invest up to $120 million over three years supporting up to eight grantees.

Letters of intent are due May 23, 2014. Applications are due July 3, 2014.

Tools from Recent Weekly Updates:

Campaign for Action Marketing Materials

FTC Staff Paper Handout

Updated Action Coalition Status Reports

Campaign for Action Directory of Resources

AACN Tool Kit: Understanding the Health Insurance Marketplace

Opportunities from Recent Weekly Updates:

National League for Nursing: Teaching Care of Older Adults Workshop
Several dates from now to May 20, 2014

Nurse Managed Health Centers: Turning the Affordable Care Act into Action
Conference: June 9, 2014

Campaign Pillars

Removing Barriers to Practice & Care

Experts Weigh Impact of Recent FTC Staff Paper

Last month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)-the government agency that works to protect consumers and prevent anticompetitive business practices-released a policy paper warning that barriers to APRN practice could reduce the kind of free-market competition in the health care industry that benefits consumers.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Sharing Nursing’s Knowledge asked experts for their thoughts on the paper and the impact it will have. Catherine Dower, JD, health policy and law director at the Center for the Health Professions at the University of California at San Francisco, called it a “bold step.” The report is especially valuable, she says, because it comes “from a highly respected entity … that doesn’t have a vested interest in one side or another.”

Read the entire article at Sharing Nursing’s Knowledge.

Removing Barriers in the Media

Connecticut:

Easing Restrictions on Nurse Practitioners Will Improve Access to Care (CT News Junkie)

Nebraska:

Heineman Vetoes Nurse Practitioner Regulation Bill (The Washington Times)

New York:

NY Abolishes Written Practice Agreement for NPs (HealthLeaders Media)

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.

Full Nurse Practice Authority: Increasing Access and Affordability

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 | 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. EDT

Register Here

With the Affordable Care Act expanding coverage for millions of Americans over the next several years, increasing the supply of primary care available is essential. It is difficult, however, to rapidly increase the number of primary care practitioners, especially primary care physicians and advanced practice nurses.  Therefore, immediate term access and affordability challenges must be addressed through utilizing medical personnel more effectively and efficiently. The Bay Area Council Economic Institute will present its findings from a recently completed study quantifying the increase in access, quality, and cost savings that stem from granting nurse practitioners full practice authority.

Recent Webinars:

Make Your Mark: How to Use Campaign Marketing Materials

Nursing Residency Programs:  Transition to Practice (Part I)

Nursing Residency Programs:  Transition to Practice (Part II)

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