Healthcare Reform Ripples from Across the Pond

Thursday, August 20th, 2009
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

The healthcare reform debate continued last week — not only across party lines and but also across the pond. Defenders of the British National Health Service Twittered support for their country’s health system after it took a beating during some of the town hall meetings around the U.S. Meanwhile, funds from this year’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are quietly being put to work to alleviate critical shortages of healthcare workers and faculty as well as increase and improve healthcare quality and access.

In a featured story in this week’s Healthcare Business Weekly Update, the HHS allocates $13.4 million in loan repayment funds to support nurses. About a third of these funds will go to schools of nursing to train masters and doctoral nursing students who plan to become nurse faculty after completing their education; the rest will help repay educational loans for RNs in exchange for two years of service at facilities with a critical shortage of nurses. Tennessee is particularly hard hit; the list of facilities where the first 100 eligible nurses have been placed shows that 14 nurses will serve at eight Tennessee hospitals.

Nurses figure prominently in patient education and outreach programs. More than 70 organizations have already responded to HIN’s survey of the month on patient education and engagement efforts. Add your responses by August 31 and you’ll receive a free executive summary of the compiled results. Your responses will be kept strictly confidential.

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