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Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Funding
June 2015 - The Nursing Workforce Development Program has supported 450,000 nurses and students with grants and loans for nursing education. By building a better trained workforce, this program has helped improve the nation's health, but the funding is on the line. Fortunately, a bill has been introduced in Congress to protect this funding.
Supervision of Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services
April 2015 - Currently, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs under Medicare must have either an MD or DO available and accessible at all times. This requirement is an inappropriate level of physician supervision and is unnecessarily more stringent than other outpatient services. In addition, this limitation can reduce access to cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services, particularly in physician shortage areas, and adds unnecessary costs for these high-quality programs. The U.S. Senate has introduced a bill that would allow NPs, PAs, and CNSs to supervise cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs on a day to day basis under Medicare.
NIH Funding for Heart and Stroke Research
April 2015 - CVD is the cause of nearly 33% of all deaths in the U.S. and an underlying or contributing cause of about 55% of deaths. As the U.S. population ages, CVD will cost more lives and more money. But despite these alarming numbers, the National Institute of Health (NIH) invests only 7% of its funding on heart disease, stroke and other CVD research.
The President's proposed budget includes an increase in funding for the NIH. Now lawmakers must decide to invest resources in NIH funding for heart and stroke research.