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2017 National Nurses Week

May 6 to May 12




  • National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale's birthday.
  •  In February 1974,  a week was designated by the White House as National Nurse Week, and President Nixon issued a proclamation.
  •   Nurses got a boost of recognition in 1978, when New Jersey Governor Brendon Byrne declared May 6 to be “Nurses Day.”
  • That same year (1978), Edward Scanlan of Red Bank, N.J. personally recognized the nurses in his state by having the date listed in Chase’s Calendar of Annual Events and by promoting the celebration.
  •   In 1981, ANA and other nursing organizations backed a resolution started by New Mexico nurses to establish May 6, 1982 as “National Recognition Day for Nurses.”
  • 1983,  ANA formally recognized the date as “National Nurses Day.” The action affirmed a joint resolution of the United States Congress designating May 6 as “National Recognition Day for Nurses. Additionally, President Ronald Reagan signed a resolution on March 25 that proclaimed “National Recognition Day for Nurses” to be May 6, 1982.
  • In 1991, the recognition of nurses was expanded into a weeklong celebration, National Nurses Week, May 6-12, 1992.
  • In 1995, three years later, ANA designated May 6 to 12 as the permanent dates to observe National Nurses Week in the following years.  

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NACNS is writing to encourage CNS volunteers to submit an application for participation in a national-level Clinical Subcommittee. These subcommittees are being appointed in order to provide input on the development of episode-based cost measures for potential use in the Quality Payment Program. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with Acumen, LLC to develop these measures. As part of the measure development process, Acumen will convene a group of stakeholders to provide insights from their clinical perspective. It is important that clinical nurse specialists are represented in this work, when Acumen LLC convenes these stakeholders.  If you are interested in being nominated for one of these subcommittees, NACNS will be happy to submit your name to Acumen, LLC.

What we need –

In order to be submitted for consideration, NACNS will need a copy of your updated resume/CV and a short paragraph describing your clinical work related to the subcommittee you are interested in.

In this current Call for Applications, we are seeking nominees for the following seven Clinical Subcommittees focused on procedural and acute inpatient medical condition episode groups:

  • ·         Gastrointestinal Disease Management - Medical and Surgical,
  • ·         Cardiovascular Disease Management,
  • ·         Musculoskeletal Disease Management - Non-Spine,
  • ·         Pulmonary Disease Management
  • ·         Peripheral Vascular Disease Management,
  • ·         Neuropsychiatric Disease Management, and
  • ·         Ophthalmologic Disease Management.

Other details –Further description of the subcommittee’s focus

1. Gastrointestinal Disease Management - Medical and Surgical

  • ·         This Subcommittee will contribute to the development of one or more of the following episode groups: Cirrhosis & Alcoholic Hepatitis, Diagnostic Colonoscopy, Disorders of the Biliary Tract, Esophagitis, Gastroent & Misc Digest Disorders, G.I. Hemorrhage, G.I. Obstruction, Hernia Repair (Femoral Or Inguinal), Hernia Repair (Incisional Or Ventral), Hiatal Hernia Repair, Major Gastrointestinal Disorders & Peritoneal Infections, Screening/Surveillance Colonoscopy

2. Ophthalmologic Disease Management

  • ·         This Subcommittee will contribute to the following episode group: Routine Cataract Removal with Intraocular Lens (IOL) Implantation

3. Cardiovascular Disease Management

  • ·         This Subcommittee will contribute to the development of one or more of the following episode groups: Chest Pain, Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG), Coronary Thrombectomy, Heart Failure & Shock, Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator (ICD) Implantation, Left Heart Catheterization, Mitral Valve Procedure, Pacemaker Implantation, Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI), Right Heart Catheterization, Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT) Ablation, Syncope & Collapse, Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Repair, Ventricular Tachycardia (VT) Ablation

4. Musculoskeletal Disease Management - Non-Spine

  • ·         This Subcommittee will contribute to the development of one or more of the following episode groups: Ankle Fracture (No Dislocation), Axial Decompression (Including Laminectomy), Bunionectomy, Femur Fracture Repair, Foot Fracture Or Dislocation, Fractures Of Hip & Pelvis, Hand Fracture Or Dislocation, Hip Arthroplasty, Humerus Fracture Repair, Knee Ligament Repair/Reconstruction, Meniscus Repair, Pelvic Fracture Repair/Treatment, Repair Of Arm Muscle Tendons (Not Including Rotator Cuff), Repair Of Foot Tendon/Ligament, Repair Of Hand Tendon/Ligament, Rotator Cuff Repair, Tibia Or Fibula Fracture Repair / Treatment, Toe Repair, Total Knee Replacement, Treatment of Hip Fracture/Dislocation, Treatment Of Shoulder Joint Or Clavicle Fracture/Dislocation, Wrist Fracture Treatment / Repair

5. Pulmonary Disease Management

  • ·         This Subcommittee will contribute to the development of one or more of the following episode groups: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Pleural Effusion, Pulmonary Edema & Respiratory Failure, Pulmonary Embolism, Respiratory Infections & Inflammations, Respiratory System Diagnosis W Ventilator Support <96 Hours, Respiratory System Diagnosis W Ventilator Support >96 Hours, Septicemia Or Severe Sepsis W Mv >96 Hours, Simple Pneumonia & Pleurisy

6. Peripheral Vascular Disease Management

  • ·         This Subcommittee will contribute to the development of one or more of the following episode groups: Dialysis Access, Inferior Vena Cava Filter Placement, Lower Extremity Peripheral Vascular Disease Treatment, Procedure for Carotid Stenosis

7. Neuropsychiatric Disease Management

  • ·         This Subcommittee will contribute to the development of one or more of the following episode groups: Intracranial Hemorrhage Or Cerebral Infarction, Poisoning & Toxic Effects Of Drugs, Psychoses, Seizures, Transient Ischemia

Objectives of Clinical Subcommittees

Desired Qualifications of Clinical Subcommittee Members

  • Medical credentials for the types of clinicians involved in caring for patients with conditions relevant to each Clinical Subcommittee
  • Familiarity with medical coding (ICD-10, HCPCS/CPT, DRG) [NACNS will provide some web-site resources for you to become familiar with these specific coding issues]
  • Board-certified or other professional certifications, as applicable
  • Experience treating Medicare patients

Expected Time Commitment for Clinical Subcommittees

  • One half-day, in-person meeting in the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area in the first two weeks of June 2017.
  • At least two subsequent follow-up meetings held via webinar between May and August, 2017.
  • Input provided independently through a web-based clinical input tool between Clinical Subcommittee meetings.

Future Opportunities

Acumen, LLC  would like to note that future Clinical Subcommittees under this project will be convened through separate nomination periods. The future Clinical Subcommittees for procedural and acute inpatient medical condition groups will span the following clinical areas: Dermatologic Disease Management, Renal Disease Management, Oncologic Disease Management - Medical and Surgical, Pain Management, Urologic Disease Management, Musculoskeletal Disease Management – Spine, Infectious Disease Management, Endocrine Disease Management, Hematologic Disease Management, Head and Neck Disease Management, and Rheumatologic Disease Management. Future Clinical Subcommittees will also be convened to provide input on chronic condition episode groups. If you are interested in receiving updates regarding any of these future Subcommittees, please request to be added to a mailing list by providing your contact information here.




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