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ANA Seeks Public Comment on Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, Fourth Edition

August 24, 2020

ANA seeks public comment on the Draft Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, Fourth Edition. The working group has revised the definition of nursing, extensively reorganized the scope of practice statement and included a new representation of the nursing process and two new models, added new Standard 8 Advocacy and its accompanying competencies, and reordered the Standards of Professional Performance. Your input on all the changes intended to enhance readability and usability will provide critical guidance for the final revision of this foundational nursing publication. Please access the draft document and provide comments and recommendations by the closing date of September 16, 2020, at:  https://www.nursingworld.org/get-involved/share-your-expertise/call-for-public-comment/

 

 Stakeholder Forums: Telehealth Options in Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waivers

August 26, 2020

The Department of Health Care Policy & Financing (Department) invites all interested stakeholders to provide comments and questions on telehealth options in home and community-based services (HCBS) waivers.
 
Background
The Department has revised service provisions in HCBS in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE). The Department has provided guidance to providers and stakeholders through Operational Memos (OM) on this topic. The Department has allowed the provision of select HCBS services through telehealth, as an optional service delivery method, to help ensure the health and safety of members. Please review OM 20-046 for further information.
 
As the Department looks to the future of HCBS post-COVID-19, the Department intends to sustain certain service provision changes, including telehealth options for HCBS.
 
Stakeholder Engagement Opportunities
The Department seeks to engage with Providers and Members through a series of stakeholder meetings to work towards implementing and operating telehealth options in HCBS waivers. The Department plans to continue collaborating with stakeholders on this topic. Stakeholders interested in this topic are encouraged to hold the date for the following engagement opportunities:
 
Stakeholder Engagement Opportunities for
Telehealth Options in HCBS Waivers
 
Webinar and Call-in information for all events below:
Call in: (720) 279-0026 or (877) 820-7831, code: 303146#
 
Date and Time:
Wednesday, Sept. 9
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. MST  
 
Purpose:
General member stakeholder meeting to gather information on telehealth operations and take member feedback. 
 
 
Date and Time:
Tuesday, Sept. 15
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. MST  
 
Purpose:
Targeted provider engagement to review HCBS including:
  • Behavioral Services (Line Staff, Counseling, Consultation, Assessment) (SLS/DD),
  • Behavioral Counseling, Mental Health Counseling and Substance Abuse Counseling (Group, Individual) (BI),
  • Movement Therapy (CES, CHRP, SLS),
  • Expressive Therapies (CLLI),
  • Therapeutic Life Limiting Illness Support (CLLI),
  • Bereavement Counseling (CLLI),
  • CHRP Wraparound Intensive and Transition Services (CHRP),
  • Palliative and Support Care (CLLI).
This meeting will include a rates presentation and opportunity for feedback.
 
 
Date and Time:
Tuesday, Sept. 22
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. MST 
 
Purpose:
Targeted Provider Engagement to Review HCBS including:
  • Peer Mentorship (SLS, DD, EBD, CMHS, SCI),
  • Specialized Habilitation (DD, SLS),
  • Prevocational Services (SLS, DD),
  • Supported Employment (Job Coaching and Job Development) (SLS, DD),
  • Adult Day (Basic, Specialized) (CMHS, EBD, and SCI),
  • Community Connector (CES, SLS),
  • Day Treatment (BI),
  • Independent Living Skills Training/Life Skills Training (BI, EBD, SCI, CMHS, SLS).
This meeting will include a rates presentation and opportunity for feedback.


Date and Time:
Tuesday, Oct. 20
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. MST 
 
Purpose:
General stakeholder meeting to summarize feedback received and present draft regulations related to telehealth in HCBS. 
 
 
 Date and Time:
Tuesday, Oct. 27
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. MST
 
Purpose:
Final Provider/Member stakeholder meeting to review final rates presentation, draft waiver application changes, and draft regulations incorporating provider and member feedback for telehealth in HCBS.
 
Please send any comments, suggestions or questions for consideration prior to the scheduled engagement opportunities to the Department HCBS Waiver inbox.
 
Office of Community Living Stakeholder Engagement Page:
 

Department COVID-19 Information Page: 
 

CMS Regional Office Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model

August 14, 2020

CHART Model Overview Webinar

August 18, 2020; 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET

Register to attend

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a webinar on August 18, 2020 to provide an overview of the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model.

The CHART Model will test whether upfront investments, predictable capitated payments, and operational and regulatory flexibilities will enable rural health care providers to improve access to high quality care while reducing health care costs.

During the session, the CHART Model team will present on key aspects of the Model, including its objectives, eligible participants and their roles, payment options, and timeline. The forum will also provide an opportunity for potential applicants to ask the CHART team questions regarding these topics.

Following the event, presentation materials will be available on the CHART Model webpage (https://innovation.cms.gov/innovation-models/chart-model).

 

Mental Health of Nurses: Supporting You When You Need it Most Webinar

Aug. - 19 - Navigating Nursing Webinar 

Mental Health of Nurses: Supporting You and Your Nursing Colleagues When They Need it Most.  This his webinar provides one contact hour and will be available on demand after the presentation. The cost is $0 for members or $29 for non-members.  Learn more about the  entire Navigate Nursing bundle and how you can earn 4 CE at no charge to you.  Registration is required for this webinar and access the previous webinars until December 31, 2020 on demand.

 

ANA New PPE Survey: Let Us Know

August 8, 2020

 

In May, ANA heard from more than 15,000 nurses that personal protective equipment (PPE) remained in short supply and that nurses had concerns with the practices of reuse and decontamination.  These survey results were broadly shared with legislative and regulatory agencies and gained significant media presence to give voice to the conditions that nurses are dealing with. Much has changed since May, but has your PPE situation improved? 

ANA once again wants to understand nurses' access to and usage of PPE right now.  It is critical that we hear from you on the PPE situation you are experiencing in July. This survey is open to all nurses – ANA members and non-members. Please take a few minutes to complete this PPE survey. Answer the questions describing the situation you faced in the last two weeks.  

Take the survey here. Please forward to your members and colleagues who would like to participate. 

 
 
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