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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published December 14, 2022

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White House Launches New Groundbreaking Dashboard

On December 8, the White House and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) launched its Non-Fatal Opioid Overdose Surveillance Dashboard, the first tool of its kind. This dashboard showcases patterns in drug use and other emerging threats, particularly in pre-hospital settings. The goal is to better address resource allocation, treatment, and recovery supports. The dashboard is operated in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and data are collected by state EMS officials and clinicians. To access this new tool, click here.

AACN Submits Comments to CMS on National Directory of Healthcare Providers & Services

On December 5, AACN submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the National Directory of Healthcare Providers & Services (NDH). In October, CMS submitted a Request for Information regarding the NDH to serve as a “centralized data hub” for healthcare directory information nationwide. In our comments, AACN highlighted specific strategies, solutions, and policies that would allow for the accurate display of data updates through the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES). Further, AACN addressed the importance of nullifying incident-to billing and discussed additional systems and partnerships that can help advance the NPPES platform. To view AACN’s comments, click here.

Breaking News: HRSA National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses Released

This week, the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Bureau of Health Workforce sent out the National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses (NSSRN). The data obtained through this survey highlights trends in the nurse workforce, as well as information on nursing education, training, and demographics. From December 2022 until March 2023, a random sample of nurses will be asked to participate in this thirty-minute questionnaire. Be on the lookout as an email may be coming to your inbox soon. The NSSRN has been collecting Nursing Workforce Survey Data since its inception in 1977. For more information, click here. To view the Nursing Workforce Dashboard, click here.

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