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December 18, 2012
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News for and about nurses in the Midwest

  Health Law, Policy and Regulation in the Midwest 
  • Sebelius: 18 states plan to run health insurance exchanges
    In a blog post Monday, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said 18 states are planning to operate their own health insurance exchanges. "The marketplace will provide consumers and small businesses one-stop shopping for health insurance with better information about plan benefits, quality and cost -- simplifying the process for buying health insurance," Sebelius wrote. The remaining states can decide by Feb. 15 if they want to partner with the federal government to establish exchanges. Reuters (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nursing and Medical Science 
  • Minn. task force says NPs should practice independently
    A Minnesota Health Care Reform Task Force report called for nurse practitioners to be allowed to work independently of physicians to help address a shortage of primary care providers. Task force member Dr. Therese Zink said the reality is the state "can't afford to wait." Seventeen states, including Iowa and North Dakota, permit advanced practice nurses to practice independently. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health Care News 
  • St. Louis report shows disparities in health care measures
    A St. Louis Regional Health Commission report on 14 health care measures sorted by ZIP code found cancer rates are dropping in the region overall, but black men are more likely to die from prostate cancer than are white men. Data showed women in certain neighborhoods die of breast cancer younger than in other locations, and some areas of the city had higher hospitalizations for lung diseases, suggesting environmental pollution may be a factor. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (12/13) 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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  • MONA SmartBrief will not publish Christmas and New Year's Day
    In observance of Christmas and New Year's Day, the Midwest Nursing SmartBrief will not publish Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Publication will resume Tuesday, Jan. 8. Enjoy the holidays! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience."
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