Friday, November 22, 2019

Energy and Commerce Committee Advances Two Maternal Health Bills

This week the House Energy and Commerce Health Committee approved two bipartisan bills that seek to strengthen and improve maternal health access and outcomes.  Introduced by Reps. Engel (D-NY), Bucshon (R-IN)...

House Introduces Bipartisan BABIES Act

Earlier this week, Representatives Katherine Clark (D-MA) and Buddy Carter (R-GA) introduced legislation to expand access to freestanding birth centers for women with low-risk pregnancies (i.e., uncomplicated singleton term pregnancies with a vertex presentation with an...

ACNM Reaffirms Opposition of Removal of Legal Protections in Health Care Rights Law

The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) reaffirms its strong opposition to efforts seeking to dismantle important legal protections afforded under the Health Care Rights Law (Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act...

Redocumentation of Evaluation and Management Services No Longer Required for CNMs

On Friday, November 1, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its CY 2020 final rule for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. The physician fee schedule dictates Medicare payment rates and policies...

House Passes Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2019

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed by voice vote H.R. 728, the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and Dave Joyce (R-OH).  The legislation...
Photo of Cassy Zinke, Barbara Floyd, Caroline Barrett arriving in Haiti

Concordia University Health Professionals in Haiti January 2019; Learning and Serving in Rural...

Cassy Zinke, Barbara Floyd, Caroline Barrett arriving in Haiti

Preceptors’ Pointers: When is a Midwife Ready to be a Preceptor?

Q: When is a new midwife ready to be a good preceptor? How much experience should she or he have? A: In my first job as a new graduate, I was permitted to practice on my own...

Preceptors’ Pointers: How to be a Culturally Sensitive Preceptor.

Q: I’ll soon be precepting a student who is very different from me culturally. How do I establish a relationship with her that is culturally sensitive and minimize the potential for conflicts or misunderstandings? A: I would meet...

Preceptors’ Pointers: Motivating an Unengaged Student

Q: I’m precepting a student nurse-midwife who doesn’t seem especially engaged or excited about what she is learning. Any advice? A: When I sense that my student isn't engaged, we have a conversation which involves the following:...

Preceptors’ Pointers: Will Precepting Affect My Clinic Productivity?

Q: I’m thinking about precepting a midwifery student. The catch is that I’m worried that precepting will slow me down and negatively affect my clinic productivity. Thoughts? A: This is a common response and can be a...