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October, 2011


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2011 APNA Annual Awards Recipients
APNA presented its Annual Awards during the 25th Annual Conference. You can read about each of the award recipients on the APNA website. Just click on the person's name to see the full story on each recipient.

Issues & Events

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AARP have selected a coalition led by the Ohio Hospital Association and the Ohio League for Nursing, to lead Ohio's part in increasing the educational attainment and extending the careers of nurses, reported Columbus Business First. So far 36 states have had coalitions selected to help implement recommendations made in a 2010 report by the Institute of Medicine on the future of nursing. The report called for more nurses to obtain bachelor's and doctoral degrees and said they should have more opportunities to lead efforts to improve the health-care industry. Full Story

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced two new national coverage determinations that cover alcohol misuse screening and behavioral counseling for Medicare beneficiaries as well as screening for depression. These new coverage policies add to the existing portfolio of covered preventive services, most of which are now available to people with Medicare at no additional cost. Full Story

Every 15 minutes, someone in the United States dies by suicide. And for every person who dies, there are many more who think about, plan or attempt suicide, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Serious thoughts of suicide range from about 1 in 50 adults in Georgia (2.1%) to 1 in 15 in Utah (6.8%). For suicide attempts, the range goes from 1 in 1000 adults in Delaware and Georgia (0.1%) to 1 in 67 in Rhode Island (1.5%). This report is the first to present state-level data concerning suicidal thoughts and behavior among adults in the United States. Full Story

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first generic versions of Zyprexa (olanzapine tablets) and Zyprexa Zydus (olanzapine orally disintegrating tablets) to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Full Story

The success of a behavioral health care organization depends on its ability to demonstrate and validate that people experience improved, sustainable outcomes as a result of its services. How to accomplish this imperative will be the focus of the November 16-17 Joint Commission Annual Behavioral Health Care Conference and 2012 Accreditation Standards Update in Lombard, IL. The program is sponsored by Joint Commission Resources (JCR), a not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission. Full Story

Antidepressant use by Americans has risen dramatically in the last 5 years, with almost 1 in 10 individuals older than 12 years now taking these agents, according to data released from the latest National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). However, the survey, which was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), also showed that less than one third of those taking a single antidepressant between 2005 and 2008, and less than half of those taking multiple antidepressants, visited a mental health professional in the past year. Those who did make such visits were significantly more likely to be men than women. Full Story


People with Medicare will be able to benefit from a new program designed to encourage primary care doctors, specialists, hospitals, and other health care providers to coordinate their care under a final regulation issued Oct. 20, 2011 by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Created by the Affordable Care Act, these final rules on Accountable Care Organizations add to the menu of options for providers looking to better coordinate care for patients and will make it easier for providers to deliver high quality care and use health care dollars more wisely. Full Story To read the final rule on ACOs click here. (PDF file)


The American Nurses Association's Congress on Nursing Practice and Economic (CNPE) and the Center for Ethics and Human Rights is seeking public comment on the position statement: Reduction of Patient Restraint and Seclusion in Health Care Settings. The deadline is Nov. 9. Full Story

On a related topic, APNA has a PowerPoint prepared by APNA President, Marlene Nadler Moodie that addresses the topic of Face-to-Face Assessment. The objectives are to: Describe the reasons for conducting a face-to-face assessment for patients who are in restraints. Identify the key elements included in this assessment. List the components for staff competency in conducting a face-to-face assessment. Click here to view the PowerPoint.

A new Institute of Medicine report provides the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with a set of criteria and methods to develop a package of essential health benefits that will cover many health care needs, promote medically effective services, and be affordable to purchasers. HHS decisions about which benefits warrant designation as essential should be made in a transparent manner that is informed by input from structured public discussions, added the committee that wrote the report. Full Story

NASMHPD has released a new report on Primary Prevention in Behavioral Health. The report explores what that system comprised of a full continuum of care, including a comprehensive array of prevention-oriented services might look like: What prevention-based practices would be utilized, and what would be the necessary action steps to effectively put such practices in place? Click here to read the report.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a series of initiatives that will help over 900 community health centers and community-based organizations to enhance the quality and coordination of health care services across the country. A total of $47 million, made available by the Affordable Care Act, was awarded in every state and will help improve quality and access to services for millions of Americans. They will also support better primary care and behavioral health services for people with mental and substance abuse disorders. Full Story

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