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|April 17, 2012|
Mo. Senate to investigate Medicaid managed care contracts
Missouri's Senate leader has asked for an investigation into how Medicaid contracts worth more than $1.1 billion were awarded after Molina Healthcare sued the state, saying officials broke competitive bidding laws. The Senate Government Accountability Committee will look into the issue, and the Senate Appropriations Committee moved to prevent a limit on the number of managed-care contracts awarded. The Kansas City Star (Mo.) (4/14)
Neb. governor vetoes prenatal bill, sets up possible override
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman vetoed a bill that would extend prenatal care services to illegal immigrants, but the Legislature could override that decision this week. Heineman said the issue was not prenatal care but immigration, but nurses supported the bill as good health care for low-income women. KHGI-TV/KWNB-TV/KHGI-CA (Kearney, Neb.) (4/13)
Bullying becomes "social norm," Ohio nurse researcher says
The ANA's second edition of "Bullying in the Workplace: Reversing a Culture" includes ways to address the problem. Peggy Berry, a doctoral candidate at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, said bullying "becomes the social norm" and is passed on from nurse to nurse. She said people should be told they are bullying because they may not realize it, but cautioned nurses against retaliating against a colleague who bullies. NurseZone.com (4/12)
Allina Health nurses in Minn. object to uniform color rule
Nurses oppose a plan by Allina Health System, based in Minneapolis, to require staff to wear specific colors based on their jobs. Hospital officials say it helps patients easily identify staff, but nurses say the policy violates their autonomy. Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.) (4/15)
OIG says U.S. nursing homes are not prepared for disasters
The nation's nursing homes are not prepared to protect or care for residents during natural disasters, according to a report from the HHS inspector general's office. Medicare and Medicaid should add emergency planning and training to requirements for nursing home disaster plans, according to the report. Inspectors visited nursing homes in Minnesota, North Dakota and other states and found many emergency plans lacked details on treatment, transportation and medication protocols for emergencies and evacuations. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (4/16)
Mercy Health opens temporary component hospital in Joplin, Mo.
Mercy Health System opened a $100 million component hospital in Joplin, Mo., that will operate over the next three years while a new facility, four times larger, is built. Registered nurse Julie Blankenship says that since a tornado destroyed St. John's Regional Medical Center in May, she has worked in a ditch, a tent and a modular facility, and things certainly are "getting better and better." The Joplin Globe (Mo.) (4/11)
2012 Pre-Summit and Teamwork Summit are June 6 and 7
Get involved with the nursing profession, understand the importance of leadership and education, discuss critical research that supports the work of the Teamwork Summit and the initiatives pursued by the Missouri Action Coalition. Learn more about the 2012 Pre-Summit and Teamwork Summit and how to register here.
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The MONA Nursing Practice Committee would like to solicit input regarding your opinions and ideas on the topic of lifelong learning. Take the survey here.
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