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March 29, 2011

Advanced Cardiac Risk Assessments

Once again Kentucky APRNs will demonstrate their skills, care, and compassion by providing in-depth "advanced” cardiac risk assessments to the public during KCNPNM’s Conference. Volunteers will conduct advanced cardiac history, vital signs, full lipid testing and EKGs.

We still need workers, especially "morning” people – for the 6:30 shift. Thank you Dottie Baker for coordinating this effort. Read more and sign up.

Sock it to 'em!

Socks and underwear for men and boys sought. Last year’s Panty Raid was a huge success, and you have to admit, a whole lot of fun. KCNPNM conference attendees filled several large containers with new bras and panties that were donated to a Covington shelter for women and children. This year, we take care of the men. Get out to the store and fill your basket with nice, new underclothes for men and boys. Bring items with you to conference and look for the Sock it to ‘em barrels near the registration desk. Donated goods will go to the Pike Street Homeless Clinic in Covington. Thank you Julie Ossege, Joan Zieglemeyer and Northern Kentucky area members for making these arrangements.

Nurses Win Trust

Nurses Win Trust, Leadership Next? Read this reprint of a blog written by HealthLeaders Media editor, Rebecca Hendren, in which she writes, "It's no surprise to anyone in the profession that the general public trusts nurses …. .”

The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action

The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action is continuing to build momentum to transform health care across the nation following this winter’s National Summit to launch the Campaign. The Campaign for Action is a collaboration created by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the AARP Foundation to ensure that all Americans have access to high quality, patient-centered care in which nurses contribute as essential partners in system-wide transformation. With significant collaborations from diverse sectors in health care, including physicians, nurses, insurers, consumers, business, government, foundations, academia and health systems, the Campaign is building action to support a transformed health care workforce through the implementation of the recommendations in the Institute of Medicine’s landmark report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.

23rd Regional Conference
Toward Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing
April 19-22, 2011
Northern Kentucky Convention Center
Covington, Kentucky

Program Info and Registration

Medicaid cuts rescinded

Gov. Beshear on Friday line-item vetoed all spending cuts to state government and all reporting requirements contained in a Medicaid budget fix passed by the legislature Thursday night. The move means Beshear can implement his original plan to fix a hole in the Medicaid budget. He will transfer $166 million from next fiscal year to the current fiscal year, then plans to make up the difference in the second year of the budget through a series of cost-saving initiatives, including managed care plans. On March 25, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department for Medicaid Services (DMS), rescinded all actions described in the public notice issued March 11, 2011, related to changes in Medicaid provider reimbursements. Read more.

Medicare and Medicaid Innovations

With the goal to provide better care and better health, at reduced costs, Medicaid and Medicare hope to improve. A new Innovation Center will accomplish these goals by identifying, testing and spreading new models of care and payment.

  • Improve individual patient experiences of care along the Institute of Medicine’s six domains of quality: Safety, Effectiveness, Patient-centeredness, Timeliness, Efficiency, and Equity.
  • Encourage better health for entire populations by addressing underlying causes of poor health, such as physical inactivity, behavioral risk factors, lack of preventive care and poor nutrition.
  • Lower the total cost of care resulting in reduced monthly expenditures for each Medicare, Medicaid or CHIP beneficiary by improving care.

HIV/AIDS module free and online

Meeting Your HIV/AIDS Licensure Requirement Is Now Easier, Online and Free. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is pleased to announce the release of a free online HIV/AIDS module. This Web-based, self-paced study module discusses many facets of HIV/AIDS: medical aspects, epidemiology, transmission, prevention, treatment, OSHA and CDC recommendations, attitudes and behaviors, services available, reporting requirements and other legal issues. A post test is included to access the certificate of completion required by licensure boards. Participants can access the course by visiting the TRAIN website

( )and selecting Course ID: 1021131 with the title HIV/AIDS Professional Education in KY... Making It Count - Online Module - 1021131.

This educational program has been developed in cooperation between the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and a Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) approved provider for continuing education. KBN approval of an individual nursing continuing education provider does not constitute endorsement of program content. The KBN recognizes this course to meet the mandatory HIV/AIDS CE requirement to be earned each 10-year period for license renewal. RN earning period from Nov. 1, 2002 - Oct. 31, 2012.

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