Philadelphia, Pa. – This week, in a letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma, MPH, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) noted its support for CMS’s proposal to include safe use of opioids and malnutrition assessment in electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs). CMS is considering including these two eCQMs in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) and Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs as part of CMS’s FY 2018 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long Term Acute Care Hospital Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule and Request for Information.
“This week President Trump unveiled his final FY18 budget proposal and it contained shortsighted, devastating cuts to health and nursing programs that if enacted will have harmful and lasting effects for millions of Americans.
“The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists is pleased that this year, National Nurses Week is focusing inward on the health and wellbeing of nurses, the largest group of health care professionals.
This year’s theme, Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit, and the designation of 2017 as the Year of the Healthy Nurse is a welcome reminder that nurses need to prioritize their own health to best help model positive health and wellness behaviors.
“By passing the American Health Care Act today, the U.S. House of Representatives are threatening health care affordability, access and delivery for millions of Americans.
As members of the advanced practice nursing community, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists is deeply troubled that the new legislation would allow insurance companies to charge more to those with preexisting conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes or previous injuries, like back or other joint surgery. Also concerning is that the bill would give states the ability to opt out of covering essential health benefits, such as emergency services, maternity and newborn care, mental health and substance use disorders services, prescription drugs, and wellness services and chronic disease management.
The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists announced that Ginger S. Pierson, PhD(c), RN, CCRN, CCNS, full-time faculty/instructor II at West Coast University in Orange County, Calif., has been elected to the 2017-2018 NACNS Board of Directors. Pierson has been a member of NACNS since 1999.
The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists announced its 2017-2018 Board of Directors at the group’s annual conference in Atlanta last month. NACNS represents thousands of clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) nationwide who provide direct patient care and lead initiatives to improve health care quality and clinical outcomes, and reduce costs. The newly elected board members demonstrate leadership in nursing education, practice, research and administration.
Bettering health care delivery. Streamlining health care costs. Improving safety using patient-centered outcomes. Targeting and improving care for specific populations. The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists announced today that it will focus its research agenda on these topics, and more, for the next five years.
The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists announced that Sean M. Reed, PhD, APN, ACNS-BC, ACHPN, Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine and College of Nursing, Aurora, Colo. has been elected Secretary-Treasurer of the 2017-2018 NACNS Board of Directors. Reed has been a member of NACNS since 2014.
The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists announced that Anne Hysong, MSN, APRN, CCNS, ACNS-BC Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist at Gwinnett Medical Center in Duluth, Ga. has been elected President-Elect of the 2017-2018 NACNS Board of Directors.
The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists announced that Vincent Holly, MSN, RN, CCRN, CCNS, Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist at Indiana University Health, Bloomington Hospital in Bloomington, IN. has been elected President of the 2017-2018 NACNS Board of Directors. Holly is also Adjunct Faculty for the Indiana University School of Nursing’s adult health CNS program.