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November 20, 2012
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News for and about nurses in the Midwest

  Health Law, Policy and Regulation in the Midwest 
  • Ohio, Wis. among states announcing they won't run exchanges
    Wisconsin and Ohio joined more than 12 other states in rejecting a key provision of President Barack Obama's health care law that urges states to establish online health insurance markets. "Wisconsin taxpayers will not have meaningful control over the health care policies and services sold to Wisconsin residents," Gov. Scott Walker said. Ohio won't run its health exchange, "but will instead leave that to the federal government to do," Gov. John Kasich said. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/16), Reuters (11/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Industry squabbles delay systematic health care changes
    Conflicting interests among industry stakeholders are a primary obstacle to solving health care's problems, according to an annual survey by HealthLeaders magazine. Steps such as reducing bureaucracy could help, but reaching consensus on the details remains elusive. "If we don't find ways to build trust and collaborate and sacrifice, we are never going to get there. We can blame whoever we want, but we are all equal stakeholders," said Chief Nursing Officer Marcia Donlon of Holy Family Memorial in Manitowoc, Wis. HealthLeaders Media/HealthLeaders Magazine (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Hospitals take steps to reduce noise so patients can sleep
    Study data show hospital patients are easily disturbed by electronic noises and conversations, so the new Rush University Medical Center in Chicago was built with patient rooms that are more soundproof and lights that automatically fade at night to remind nurses to lower noise volumes. Sleep specialist Dr. David Kuhlmann of Bothwell Regional Health Center in Missouri said for some patients, "poor sleep can be the difference between having a good day or a not-good day, and hospitals need to take this into account." USA Today (11/18) 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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