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AAACN is Providing You With an Opportunity to Learn More About Health Care Reform

Go to AAACN’s Online Library to access a recent article from Nursing Economic$, A Policy Analysis of Health Care Reform: Implications for Nurses, that provides a concise analysis of the current health care reform proposals, along with President Obama’s principles for reform. Paradis, Wood, & Cramer (2009) evaluate the pros and cons of several pertinent issues regarding health care: widespread coverage for all Americans, preventative medicine, and the improving the quality of care delivery.

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Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) Scheduled for March 2010

The Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI), planned for March 14-16, 2010, provides nurses the opportunity to learn how to influence health care through the legislative and regulatory process. Participants learn from health policy experts and government officials, network with other nurses, and visit members of Congress. Anyone from novices to the very knowledgeable will find the program interesting and informative.

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ANNOUNCING Free ViewPoint Contact Hours for Members

AAACN has just added more value to your membership -- You may now receive free Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) contact hours for all CNE articles published in ViewPoint! This new member benefit begins with the September/October 2009 issue of ViewPoint and applies to all future issues of the newsletter. Another bonus – you will receive free CNE contact hours for past ViewPoint articles beginning with the January/February 2009 issue for any evaluations (posttests) completed in the Online Library.

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Use of Telehealth Could Save Billions

The Obama Administration is helping to fuel renewed interest in telehealth by actively touting it as a tool to expand access and lower costs. Bi-partisan legislators are also doing their part by addressing obstacles to widespread adoption, such as easing restrictions on funding for telehealth programs in rural areas. As of now, only about 20% of the nation's Medicare beneficiaries have access to telehealth; if passed, the Medicare Telehealth Enhancement Act introduced earlier this year promises to greatly expand telehealth programs.

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Joint Commission Releases Resource on How to Implement NPSGs on Health Care-Associated Infections

By January 1, 2010, hospitals and other accredited organizations are expected to be in full compliance with the three National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs) pertaining to health care-associated infections (HAI) (NPSG.07.03.01, NPSG.07.04.01, and NPSG.07.05.01). To help organizations prepare for and understand how to meet the requirements of the HAI NPSGs, The Joint Commission has developed a complimentary education program, now available on The Joint Commission Connect extranet.

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