Regulatory Affairs

Federal regulations are created through a process known as "rulemaking," which is governed by the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. Chapter 5). Once an agency decides that a regulatory action is necessary or appropriate, it develops and typically publishes a proposed rule in the Federal Register, soliciting comments from the public on the regulatory proposal. After the agency considers this public feedback and makes changes where appropriate, it then publishes a final rule in the Federal Register with a specific date upon which the rule becomes effective and enforceable. In issuing a final rule, the agency must describe and respond to the public comments it received. ARN routinely comments on proposed rules that effect rehabilitation nursing.

113th Congress, 1st Session (January 3, 2013-January 3, 2014)

Correspondence How does this affect rehabilitation nurses?
ARN raises additional concerns with NQF measures Rehab nurses and patients are directly impacted by new quality reporting measures.
ARN submits comments to PCORI on proposal for peer review and public release of research findings Nurses play a key role in providing information to patients and the public.
ARN signs on to letter asking senators to cosponsor S. 1027 ARN supports advancements to rehabilitation research.
ARN signs on to Nursing Community Comments on proposed 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule ARN supports the full utilization of APRNs as qualified healthcare providers.
ARN sends letter to the VA urging the continuation of the Assisted Living Pilot Program for Veterans with TBI There are no alternative programs for Veterans if the Pilot ends
ARN sends letters of support to sponsors of the Better Care Lower Cost Act The bill would assist in providing the right care, at the right time, by the right providers, and int he right setting for those with chronic illness and disability.
ARN sends letter to the VA urging the continuation of the Assisted Living Pilot Program for Veterans with TBI There are no alternative programs for Veterans if the Pilot ends.
ARN sends letters of support to sponsors of the Better Care Lower Cost Act The bill would assist in providing the right care, at the right time, by the right providers, and in the right setting for those with chronic illness and disability.
ARN Comments on All-Cause Admission and Readmission Measure Rehab nurses possess the optimal skills to provide care coordination for patients requiring rehabilitation services due to injury or illness causing disability.
ARN Submits Comments on FY 2015 IRF PPS The IRF PPS makes updates to things such as payment rates, data collection, and quality reporting in IRFs
ARN Signs on in Support of Modernization of VHA Handbook APRNs should be recognized as full practice providers.
ARN Signs on Thanking Secretary Sebelius for Service as HHS Secretary Sec. Sebelius was responsible for the implementation of innovative, patient-centered models of care.
ARN Signs on Thanking Rep. Capps and Sen. Merkley Sen. Merkley and Rep. Capps circulated the Dear Colleague letter expressing support for the Nursing Workforce Development programs.
ARN submits comments to NQF on care coordination measures Establishing effective communication within and across the continuum of care is essential in improving quality of care.
ARN submits letter to CDC on CAUTI Definition for Individuals with Spinal Cord Injuries Patients whose risk of developing a CAUTI is significantly different from both the general rehabilitation population and ICU population should not be grouped under the same definition.
ARN submits letter to MedPAC in opposition of site neutral payments Rehabilitation Nurses need to ensure patients are treated in a setting that is most appropriate for them
ARN Signs on to DRRC Written Testimony Supporting Rehabilitation Research Communicate the value of investing in rehabilitation and disability research and the elevating rehabilitation science at NIH.
ARN signs on to testimony on future of biomedical research  Research focuses on maintaining and preventing deterioration of functional skills and abilities in order to enhance quality of life and independent living.
ARN submits letter to Congress on FY 2015 Funding for Nurses ARN advocates for levels of funding that support funding for federal nursing workforce programs, research, and traumatic brain injury.
ARN submits comments to CMS on Functional Status Quality Measures There is a need for standardized terminology and assessment items so that patients receive the best quality care in the most appropriate setting.
ARN signs on to "302(b)" letter The letter urges restoration of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 302(b) (which includes health, education, and job training) allocation to the LHHS Subcommittee to the FY 2010 level of $163.6 billion.

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