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December 11, 2012
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News for and about nurses in the Midwest

  Health Law, Policy and Regulation in the Midwest 
  • Kan. gets OK to put all Medicaid patients into managed care
    Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican, said HHS has approved the state's waiver request to put all of its Medicaid patients into three private managed care plans, a move supporters say could save $1 billion over five years. State Sen. Laura Kelly, D-Topeka, said stipulations that would ease the transition and create a state ombudsman to deal with problems that arise answered some of her criticisms of the plan. San Francisco Chronicle/The Associated Press (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nursing and Medical Science 
  • Nurse-led phone support cuts readmissions, reduces costs in study
    Coordinated transitional care, an intervention where nurses meet with high-risk patients before discharge and call them 48 to 72 hours afterward, resulted in reduced readmission rates and saved about $1,225 per case at a Wisconsin hospital, according to a study in the journal Health Affairs. "This model requires a relatively small amount of resources to operate and may represent a viable alternative for hospitals seeking to offer improved transitional care as encouraged by the Affordable Care Act," lead author Amy Kind said. Nurse.com (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Care News 
  • Nurse-midwife to open birth center near St. Louis
    Certified nurse-midwife Jessica Henman plans to open a birth center in O'Fallon, Mo., that would be the first such facility in the St. Louis area. Missouri regulates birth centers as ambulatory surgical centers, so Henman, along with another nurse-midwife who runs an unlicensed facility in Independence, are advocating regulations similar to those proposed by the American Association of Birth Centers and other groups. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Minn. nurses may have big role in implementing health reform
    Minnesota began work early to implement the Affordable Care Act, but experts say it still needs to figure out how health social service agencies can offer quality care for the lowest cost to thousands of residents who will gain insurance. Ideas being considered by the Minnesota Health Care Reform Task Force include removing regulatory barriers to allow nurses and others to work at the highest levels of their licensures. Twin Cities Daily Planet (Minneapolis/St. Paul) (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  MONA News 
  • Barrier-free care for Missouri
    Many of the elements and recommendations of the Institute of Medicine Report on the Future of Nursing are reflected in our ongoing work to advance the nursing profession. Implementation of IOM Recommendation 1: Remove scope-of-practice barriers is a current focus for MONA. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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