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A Larger Role for Midwives Could Improve Deficient U.S. Care for Mothers and Babies
Feb 22, 2018 - Highlights a new study which found a correlation between the integration and acceptance of midwives into obstetrical care and improved maternal and infant outcomes and cost-effectiveness of care. Details the history of the United States' move away from midwifery as well as the growing acceptance of nurse-midwives and the impact they could potentially have in addressing racial health disparities and care shortages in rural and low-income communities.
Source: ProPublica
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Reducing Red Tape For Traveling Nurses
Feb 20, 2018 - Details a new version of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), which allows licensed nurses to practice in any participating state without obtaining an additional state license. This provides flexibility to traveling nurses being used to address nursing shortages and contributes to the ability of nurses to provide telehealth across state lines. The new version adds the requirement for federal criminal background checks, which some states said was missing from the previous version. While this change has encouraged more states to sign-on to the agreement, some continue to have concerns about the NLC compact having lower requirements for licensure than their individual states.
Source: Kaiser Health News
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: Health Professions Student Loan (HPSL) Program and Nursing Student Loan (NSL) Program Administrative Requirements (Regulations and Policy). OMB No. 0915-0047-Revision Federal Register
Feb 14, 2018 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announcing their intent to continue collecting information as part of the Health Professions Student Loan (HPSL) and Nursing Student Loan (NSL) Programs, which provide long-term, low-interest loans to students pursuing eligible degrees. Information will be collected through the Deferment Form (HRSA Form 519) and Annual Operating Report (HRSA Form 501), and is used to determine borrowers' deferment status and monitor program operations and financial activities. Comments regarding the need and use of the information collecting activities must be submitted no later than March 16, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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