MHA Today | May 26, 2016

May 26, 2016
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In This Issue
VA Issues Proposed Regulations On APRN Practice Authority
MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
CDC Issues Health Update: Diagnostic Testing Of Urine Specimens For Zika

state and federal health policy developments

VA Issues Proposed Regulations On APRN Practice Authority

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The federal Department of Veterans Affairs has issued proposed regulations and a news release regarding its intent to “permit the full practice authority of all VA advanced practice registered nurses when they are acting within the scope of their VA employment.” Public comments are due by 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 26.

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Regulatory News
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care

MLN Connects Provider eNews Available

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issues updates to MLN Connects Provider eNews. eNews includes information about national provider calls, meetings, events, announcements and other MLN educational product updates. The latest issue provides updates and summaries of the following.

  • new fast fact on educational Web guides
  • new quality payment program Web pages
  • updates to IRIS software
  • comparative billing report on podiatry: nail debridement and evaluation and management services webinar

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Quality and Population Health

CDC Issues Health Update: Diagnostic Testing Of Urine Specimens For Zika

Staff Contact: Jackie Gatz

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued interim guidance recommending Zika virus rRT-PCR testing of urine for the diagnosis of suspected Zika. According to the update, “Diagnostic testing for Zika virus infection can be accomplished using molecular and serologic methods. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued emergency use authorizations for several diagnostic assays to detect Zika virus infection.” As of yesterday, the CDC reports that the U.S. has reported 591 cases, all of which are travel-associated. No locally-acquired vector-borne cases have been reported in the U.S.

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Consider This ...

May is Health Vision Month. More than 20 million Americans suffer from severe vision loss.

Source: American Academy of Ophthalmology