Health Policy News

Health Policy News

AORN Government Affairs team analyzes and reports on the impact of local, regional and national policies, regulations and legislation as it relates to the perioperative profession.

We stay current with the rapidly changing health policy landscape in Washington, D.C. for you by working closely with our colleagues in the Nursing Community Coalition and the Coalition for Patients’ Rights.

Here are the latest health policy and legislative updates.

OCTOBER 11, 2017

California Governor Vetoes Surgical Smoke Bill

Governor Jerry Brown vetoed Assembly bill 402, which would have required California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health to develop a regulation requiring the evacuation of surgical smoke in health facilities.

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SEPTEMBER 13, 2017

CA Surgical Plume Bill Advances

Legislation in California regulating the evacuation of surgical smoke passed the Assembly earlier this week. It will head to the Governor's desk soon.

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JUNE 14, 2017

AORN Supports Public Reporting of Nurse Staffing Measures

This week AORN commented to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in support of its recent proposal to include nurse staffing measures in the Medicare-led hospital inpatient quality reporting (IQR) program.

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JUNE 14, 2017

Smoke Evacuation Legislation Passes RI Senate

AORN worked with stakeholders to amend the legislation, thus allowing the companion bills to move forward in each chamber.

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MAY 30, 2017

AORN Guideline for Surgical Attire

There is a common belief that AORN has urged the elimination of surgeons' skull caps and mandated the use of bouffant caps. This misrepresentation continues to be perpetuated in recently published studies, expert opinion pieces, and media reports. Thus, AORN wishes to correct this misinformation.

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