News and Policy Updates

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  • 08 Jan 2013 11:53 AM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    View Available Jobs and Post Job Openings - With the start of a new year, the team at NPsights is pleased to announce a new feature on NPsights - "Careers".  Under "Careers", you can now view available jobs exclusively for Nurse Practitioners and post available jobs that you would like to share with your fellow community members.  You can access the "Careers" section from the HOME page by clicking on "Careers" in the top navigation or by clicking here. (You will need to login. Membership is free.)

  • 09 Oct 2012 12:49 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    Iowa Update on the Multistate Outbreak of Meningitis and Stroke Associated with Potentially Contaminated Steroid Medication

    Monday, October 08, 2012

    Iowa Status:
    No cases have been reported in Iowa. FDA has assured the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) that none of the implicated products have been distributed in Iowa (three lots of methylprednisolone acetate (PF) 80mg/ml).

    The New England Compounding Center (NECC), is now recalling all of their products (some of which have been distributed in Iowa). No action is needed at this time regarding these other recalled products or patients who may have received them (other than to cease using these products).

    Healthcare providers in Iowa are asked to remain vigilant for any illnesses associated with these products and to contact IDPH with reports of illnesses, questions, or concerns at 800-362-2736.

    Click here for full alert text.

  • 11 Sep 2012 12:50 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    The Iowa State Legislature reconvenes in January. We will post updates of bills affecting Nurse Practitioners in the state of Iowa once the session is in progress.

    The session is expected to end May 3, 2013. For a complete schedule of the Iowa legislative session, click here.

  • 06 Jul 2012 12:45 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    Center for Acute Disease Epidemiology (CADE)
    Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH)
     
    Items for this week’s EPI Update include:

    • Pertussis activity continues in Iowa and updated recommendations for use of Tdap vaccine
    • West Nile virus surveillance update
    • Meaningful use in Iowa
    • Injuries from ingestion of wire bristles from grill-cleaning brushes
    • Meeting announcements and training opportunities 

    Pertussis activity continues in Iowa and updated recommendations for use of Tdap vaccine
    Iowa continues to experience increased pertussis activity. There are approximately 432 percent more persons with pertussis disease this year compared to the average of the past five years (the five-year average is 129 and 686 cases have been reported so far in 2012). IDPH publishes a weekly Pertussis Update at www.idph.state.ia.us/IDPHChannelsService/file.ashx?file=6387A568-2C48-49D9-BA4A-EC301427D634.
     
    Updated recommendations for use of Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid, and Acellular Pertussis (Tdap) vaccine were recently published. All adults aged 19 years and older (including adults aged 65 years and older) who have not yet received a dose of Tdap should receive a single dose.
     
    For additional information on the updated recommendations for Tdap, visit www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6125a4.htm?s_cid=mm6125a4_e.
     

    West Nile virus surveillance update
    West Nile Virus is endemic in Iowa and activity usually peaks in late summer and early fall. Iowa continues to maintain a West Nile and other arbovirus surveillance program.  Local public health partners collect mosquitoes and maintain sentinel chicken flocks across the state. Iowa State University Medical Entomology monitors the levels of mosquitoes statewide and the State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL) tests the mosquitoes to determine whether they are infected with West Nile virus or other arboviruses. SHL also weekly tests the blood drawn from sentinel chickens to determine whether they have been infected with West Nile virus or other arboviruses.
     
    So far this year, there have been no positive indicators of West Nile or other arborvirus activity. There have been no human illnesses reported to IDPH, the sentinel chickens have not tested positive, and none of the mosquito pools have been found to be infected. According to the Iowa State University Medical Entomology Laboratory, mosquitoes appear to be out in low numbers so far this summer. Surveillance for West Nile and other arborviruses will continue through fall and updates will be provided as activity changes.   
     
    For additional West Nile Virus information, visit: www.idph.state.ia.us/CADE/DiseaseIndex.aspx?disease=West Nile Virus


    Meaningful use in Iowa update
    Meaningful use is the vast federal initiative providing incentives for hospitals and healthcare providers to transition from paper-based to electronic recordkeeping. It is believed healthcare outcomes can be improved by information being more efficiently analyzed and shared between physicians, clinics, hospitals, and labs; and with governmental agencies such as Medicare and Medicaid, as well as public health agencies.
     
    There are three public health objectives included in the meaningful use initiative: submission of immunization information; submission of reportable laboratory results; and submission of syndromic surveillance information. IDPH is currently focusing efforts on the submission of reportable laboratory results initiative.  
     
    Congratulations are in order for Mary Greeley Medical Center, the first Iowa hospital to achieve this meaningful use public health objective. For more information, visit www.idph.state.ia.us/meaningful_use.asp
     

    Injuries from ingestion of wire bristles from grill-cleaning brushes
    Summer grilling season is in full swing. In addition to seasonal concerns about grilling and food safety, a new concern involves utensils used to clean grills. A Rhode Island hospital system has identified several cases of injury resulting from ingestion of the wire bristles from grill-cleaning brushes. The severity of the injuries ranged from puncture of the soft tissue of the neck resulting in pain with swallowing, to perforation of the gastrointestinal tract, requiring surgery.
     
    After using wire-bristled brushes to clean a grill, inspect the grill for bristles that may have dislodged from the brush, and could become embedded in cooked food.
    To read the full report, visit: www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm61e0703a2.htm?s_cid=mm61e0703a2_w.
     
    Meeting announcements and training opportunities
    None
     
    Have a happy and healthy week!
    Center for Acute Disease Epidemiology
    Iowa Department of Public Health
    800-362-2736

  • 17 Mar 2012 12:21 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    Launch of the Initiative to Improve Behavioral Health and Reduce the Use of Antipsychotic Medications in Nursing Homes Residents

    A Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) Video Streaming Event

    Premieres Thursday, March 29, 2012
    1:00pm EST - 2:00pm EST

    On March 29, CMS will launch a new initiative aimed at improving behavioral health and safeguarding nursing home residents from unnecessary antipsychotic drug use. As part of the initiative, CMS is developing a national action plan that will use a multidimensional approach including public reporting, raising public awareness, regulatory oversight, technical assistance/training and research. The action plan will be targeted at enhancing person-centered care for nursing home residents, particularly those with dementia-related behaviors.

    Goals for the Video Streaming Event
    CMS will provide an overview of the national initiative, resources for technical assistance, and plans for upcoming educational offerings on this topic.

    Handouts
    Handouts for this broadcast are attached and are also available at the following website: http://surveyortraining.cms.hhs.gov.

    Objectives
    Join Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, Chief Medical Officer for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Director of the Office of Clinical Standards and Quality, Shari Ling, MD, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Deputy Chief Medical Officer serving in the Office of Clinical Standards and Quality and Alice Bonner, PhD, RN, Director for the Division of Nursing Homes in the Office for Clinical Standards and Quality in the introduction of this national initiative, discussion of behavioral health opportunities and the announcement of upcoming training sessions.

    Target Audience
    State Survey Agencies, residents and family members, nursing home staff, clinicians, providers, advocates, CMS Regional Offices, and others (Non-Mandatory)

    Registration and Viewing Instructions
    Register today at http://surveyortraining.cms.hhs.gov.

    Video Streaming Information
    This program will be available for viewing up to one year following March 29, 2012, at http://surveyortraining.cms.hhs.gov. This event is open to the public, so please share this invitation with anyone else who may wish to attend. Thank you for joining CMS in our efforts to improve the quality of care and quality of life for America's nursing home residents.

     

    GAPNA National Office
    East Holly Avenue, Box 56, Pitman, NJ 08071
    Toll Free Phone: 866-355-1392 Fax: 856-589-7463
    gapna@ajj.com// www.gapna.org  

  • 29 Feb 2012 12:47 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    SSB 3040
    mportant legislation that IANP and INPS support has passed out of subcommittee and will be taken up in the Senate Human Services Committee probably on Tuesday, Feb 21. It is important that we make contact to the members of the Committee and urge them to support the bill.

    Our message should be:
    Support SSB 3040 and the amendment.
    There is not a number for the amendment that includes NPs by code. Just ask them to support the bill and the amendment. Talking points for the bill are included below as to why the bill is important.

    You can contact the senators by e-mail or by phone. If you e-mail, the address is firstname.lastname@legis.state.ia.us (Ex. amanda.ragan@legis.state.ia.us)
    If you contact them by phone call the Senate switchboard at 515-281-3371 and ask for the Senator. If they are not available you can leave a message with their clerk. The members of the Committee are below.

    Senate Members

    Thanks for your help with this important legislation. Contact me if you have any questions.

    Charlotte Kelley ARNP
    INPS Health Affairs Chair
    cmkelley@netins.net
     

  • 09 Jan 2012 12:04 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    The following Death Certificate Presentation was given at the 2011 INPS Conference. Click the link below to download a copy.

    Download Death Certificate Presentation

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