The ANA has asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel not to punish a Navy nurse who refused to participate in the force-feeding of Guantanamo Bay inmates on a hunger strike. The nurse was within his rights to make an ethical decision and should not face retaliation, ANA President Pamela Cipriano wrote.
Reps. Allyson Schwartz, D-Pa., and Joe Heck, R-Nev., introduced a bill to repeal Medicare's sustainable growth rate formula and identify new payment and delivery models based on specialty, practice type and region. The bill also increases payment updates for preventive care, primary care and coordinated care.
The New York Times Tribute to Nurses honored four nurses from Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia. One of the winners, Debbie Gardiner, also received a Nightingale Award for advanced practice in October.
Nearly 40% of emergency department visits in the U.S. involved working-age adults with disabilities, NIH researchers reported in the journal Health Services Research. An analysis of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey found that the severity of a disability's limitations correlated with greater use of emergency departments as did lack of access to primary care.