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November 13, 2012
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  Health Law, Policy and Regulation in the Midwest 
  • Mo. hospital officials say it's full steam ahead for health law
    Officials with health systems based in St. Louis say the re-election of President Barack Obama means changes under the Affordable Care Act in how health care is delivered and paid for will continue and may be accelerated. SSM Health Care President and CEO Chris Howard said most big health groups are working to meet requirements of the health law, such as creating integrated provider networks, implementing EHRs and emphasizing care management. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nursing and Medical Science 
  • Labor and delivery nurses are recognized for walking research
    A four-year research project by labor and delivery nurses at Saint Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., found walking does not help speed up a woman's labor, compared with resting. The nurses found that walking during an hourlong evaluation in a labor and delivery unit was not associated with faster delivery compared with women who rested. The study looked at women at 37 weeks' gestation and less than 4 centimeters' dilation. The study was published in the American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing and has been named the 2012 MCN Research Paper of the Year. The Kansas City Nursing News (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ACA to increase Neb. nursing shortage, expert says
    The Affordable Care Act will make Nebraska's nurse shortage worse as more residents gain access to preventive care, according to Dean Juliann Sebastian of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing. The university has started construction projects to increase its ability to train more nurses and other health care workers, but the state is projected to have 3,800 fewer registered nurses than it will need by 2020. Kearney Hub (Neb.)/The Associated Press (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Care News 
  • Mich. hospitals report gains in care quality measures
    Michigan hospitals worked to prevent hospital-associated infections, reduced the number of patients who left emergency departments without being seen and lowered rates of elective early births, according to a quality report by the Michigan Health & Hospital Association. Hospitals also reported NICU admissions were reduced by more than 43% over two years. Crain's Detroit Business (free registration) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  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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