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NSRC welcomes new members

The NSRC would like to welcome several new members.

Omaha members are Sara Bobo, Claudia Cervantes, Hana Christenson, Megan Griencewic, Cynthia Martin, Kelsey Naegele, Lynette Nikiema, Sean Reynolds, Blake Wegener, Marvin Whitehorn and Dena Wilwerding.

Other members are Danielle Jeffrey, Nebraska City; Katherine Kring, Ralston; Meagan Palensky, Kearney; and Laura Robbins, Bertrand.

Do you have a friend or colleague who would benefit from NSRC membership? Spread the word! Those who join the NSRC also receive a membership in the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC).

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AARC offers video bundle for CEUs

The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) is offering an online video bundle special, with two courses for 2 CEUs. Cost is $10 for members and $20 for non-members.

The bundle can be purchased on the AARC website.

AARC members also can earn 6 free CEUs when they sign up for a free trial of AARC University: http://learning.aarc.org/store/provider/provider09.php

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Asthma Educator Institute set for July 24-25

The American Lung Association is sposoring the Asthma Educator Institute on July 24 and 25 at Nebraska Methodist College in Omaha. The event is a two-day course to teach healthcare professionals how to help asthma patients manage their illness.

The curriculum covers the content outlined in the NAECB Candidate Handbook. It includes case reviews, hands-on skills demonstration and practice. The course is delivered by local asthma experts.

Course objectives include:

  • To prepare participants to provide NHLBI and NAEPP guideline directed asthma care to patients, families and health care providers.
  • To identify the roles of the asthma educator.
  • To network with healthcare providers, educators and organizations surrounding asthma care and policies.

Application has been made for 10 hours to the American Association for Respiratory Care and the National Commission for Health Education, credentialing for Category I CHES/MCHES.  A nursing credit application may also be submitted.

Cost is $100 per person. Please submit payment and the registration form by Friday, July 11. They may be submitted to:

American Lung Association
Attn: Dr. Melinda Auch- AEI
8990 West Dodge Road, Suite 226
Omaha, NE 68114

Telephone: 402-502-4950 ext: 12 | Fax: 402-502-3012

Email: mauch@breathehealthy.org

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AARC University open for licensure renewal

AARC University

Nebraska RTs – are you ready for licensure renewal? The AARC now has you covered for on-demand, last-minute CRCEs in our one-stop shop AARC University.

AARC U includes many free CRCE opportunities for members and a lot of other great deals, so come check it all out on AARC U today!

Members also can view 60 one-hour archived webcasts for only $15. Ethics courses are available for $15 each.

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2014 Legislative Report to NSRC from Registered Lobbyists

Final Legislative Report

2014 Nebraska Unicameral

103rd  Legislature, Second Session

Adjourned Sine Die April 17, 2014

 

2014 Legislative Review Prepared For:   Included Within Final Report:

Summary of Session

Bills of Significance that Passed in 2014

Relevant Interim Studies

Prepared By:  Richard Lombardi and Julie Erickson   Registered Lobbyists

American Communications Group, Inc.

On April 17 the Nebraska Legislature adjourned sine die.  This session was most notable because of the perpetual use of the filibuster on both big and small bills.  This led to a more partisan legislative session than we usually expect from the non-partisan Nebraska Unicameral.  Yet despite the roadblocks and bickering, considerable progress was made in public policy.

The 2015 Legislature will feature at least seventeen new state senators.  The cast of future senators will become clearer after the May 13th primary and we diligently monitor all of those legislative campaigns.  We have met with almost all of the candidates vying for legislative seats and will continue until we have had one on one conversations with each of them.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any specific questions as we head into the final weeks of the primary season; attached is a spreadsheet of candidates for your review.

Unfortunately the filibuster/cloture methods worked in stopping movement on LB 887, Wellness in Nebraska Act implementing Medicaid expansion.  Senator Campbell is more committed than ever to get legislation passed next year as well as the balance of the coalition fighting for passage the past two sessions.

LB 439, Senator Gloor’s effort to increase Nebraska’s tobacco tax did not advance out of the Revenue Committee this year.  Unfortunately, in an election cycle where cutting taxes is the theme, senators were not willing to move the bill for full debate.  Senator Gloor remains committed to the issue although it may not be a priority in his last session in 2015.  We will keep you updated.

Key Legislation Passed in 2014

LB 690 / Create Aging Nebraskans Task Force

By September 1, 2014 the Department of Health and Human Services are required to apply for a grant under State Balancing Incentive Payment Program which provides states with enhanced federal match dollars to expand home and community based services.  The shift from institutional care to home based care has the potential of significant savings, although at this time estimating savings is not possible.  The grants are only available until September of 2015.  A Task force is appointed under the legislature to develop the plan for long term care services in Nebraska and terminates June 30, 2016.  Fiscal impact utilizing $2.8M of new general funds, adds more than $12M in federal funding for these services; in FY 2015-16 funding could double.  The bill originally had an emergency clause, but did not have sufficient votes to pass with it – so it goes into effect 90 days after the legislature overrode the Governor’s veto on April 10th.

LB 854 / Managed Care Implementation in Long Term Care Service Delivery

Moratorium on long term care managed care RFPs until September 1, 2015, to ensure adequate planning.  Delays any kind of implementation until next Governor’s term in office begins.

LB 863 / LB 861 covering E Cigarette prohibitions amended into per AM 2131

Prohibits minors from using vapor products or electronic cigarettes; requires retailers to display behind counter or in secured case except for cigar bars and tobacco specialty businesses.  Amendments to the bill included definitions for alternative nicotine products and vapor products within definition for tobacco specialty shops.

LR 422 / Policy Recommendations on Nebraska Health Care System

Large group of representatives from health care organized by Health and Human Services Committee working with Dr. Rowen Zetterman, will meet this year at UNMC in September or October.  Specific date and details are currently being worked out and notice will be sent out when details are complete.  Anticipate legislation to evolve next session from this effort.

LB 916 / Eliminates integrated practice agreements for nurse practitioners

*Although passed by the legislature, the Governor did not sign the bill and the legislature cannot override his objection because it is not in session.  Removes requirement for integrated practice agreement between nurse practitioner and collaborating physician and removes requirement nurse practitioner complete a minimum of 2,000 hours of practice under supervision of a physician.  The Governor objected to the reduction in hours of supervision and indicated that it’s too soon to implement such changes after discussing at length with his Chief Medical Officer for the state.

Relevant Interim Studies

At the end of each session, every state senator has the opportunity to submit interim studies to examine issues facing Nebraska with potential legislation to be proposed the following legislative session.  These studies are prioritized by their respective committee and many are not dealt with because of time constraints.  Not all committees have submitted their priority designations yet.   Identified below are studies we have identified of interest to you.  A full list of interim studies for 2014 can be found here: http://www.nebraskalegislature.gov/session/interim.php.

Lincoln Journal Star 4/18/14 Editorial – When the embers cool

http://journalstar.com/news/opinion/editorial/editorial-when-the-embers-cool/article_f15a3624-93f1-54f3-a43c-c995a2791e5e.html

 

Same issues, new faces for 2015 http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Same-issues-new-faces-for-2015-Nebraska-session-5415929.php Sen. Campbell got front row view of health issues http://journalstar.com/legislature/lincoln-senator-campbell-got-front-row-view-of-health-issues/article_7bf8edd0-261a-58d3-b75e-fbaba2d4a9c1.html

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