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March 20, 2012
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  Health Law, Policy and Regulation in the Midwest 
  • Mo. nurses say bills address access to care
    Supporters of bills in the Missouri Legislature that would allow advanced practice nurses to work without physician supervision say current laws do not meet the needs of patients, especially in rural areas. "There are shortages of providers, but definitely not a shortage of patients," said MONA CEO Jill Kliethermes. "We really feel like this is about access to care." St. Louis Post-Dispatch (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • S.D. budget boosts Medicaid provider pay by 1.8%
    South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a $4 billion budget bill into law that will use increasing state revenues to boost reimbursements to Medicaid providers by an average of 1.8%. Health care took a big cut last year when the state had a $127 million shortfall, but many spending increases this year are not built into payment bases, so they are not permanent should the state have future budget troubles. Yahoo!/The Associated Press (3/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nursing and Medical Science 
  • Nurse researcher: RNs, LPNs collaborate for best nursing home care
    Registered nurses and licensed practical nurses often do similar tasks in nursing homes, a situation that can bring about errors, according to a study by a University of Missouri researcher published in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing. RN Amy Vogelsmeier said RNs and LPNs recognize discrepancies differently, with RNs trained to look at the "bigger picture" in care coordination. "Collaborative arrangements in which they work together to maximize the skill sets of each" are needed to ensure the best patient care, she said. McKnight's Long-Term Care News (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Saint Joseph Medical Center nurse donating kidney to colleague
    Saint Joseph Medical Center labor and delivery nurse Toni Lamb is donating a kidney to longtime colleague Liz Anderson, who works in the Kansas City, Mo., hospital's NICU. Anderson, who is on dialysis, could not find a donor match from a relative. Lamb, who is a match, said she understands what Anderson is experiencing because her father also was on dialysis. KMBC-TV (Kansas City, Mo.) (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health Care News 
  • Wider scope of NP practice does not affect physician pay
    The wages of primary care physicians in states with a broader scope of practice for nurse practitioners did not differ from doctors in states with more restrictive regulations, a study in Nursing Research and Practice revealed. Sixteen states plus the District of Columbia permit nurse practitioners to diagnose and treat patients without a doctor's supervision. (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  MONA News 
  • Coming Together in Advanced Practice Nursing Conference
    Register now for the upcoming 22nd Annual Coming Together in Advanced Practice Nursing Conference scheduled for April 12 to 13 at the Holiday Inn Select in Columbia, Mo. Find the conference brochure here. We offer a convenient online registration method through the MONA website by clicking here, Online Registration Form. Please feel free to share this activity information with your colleagues. If you have any questions not addressed within the brochure, please contact the MONA office at (573) 636-4623. We hope that you will be able to join us in April! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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