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American Association of Nurse Practitioners commends new legislation for improving healthcare access

BY Antoinette Alexander

AUSTIN, Texas — The American Association of Nurse Practitioners on Wednesday commended Gov. Brian Sandoval and Nevada lawmakers for passage of Assembly Bill 170, which provides Nevada patients with full and direct access to nurse practitioner services by right-sizing state regulations.

The Governor signed the measure into law during a late-night session on Monday.

"Enactment of Assembly Bill 170 streamlines and improves health care delivery, providing Nevada with the ability to adapt and respond to the state’s growing healthcare needs. It will also help recruit and retain more nurse practitioners,” stated Angela Golden, president of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. "Nevada now keeps pace with 16 other states and the District of Columbia, which offer patients full and direct access to nurse practitioner services and moves into alignment with national recommendations. We urge lawmakers in other states that are considering similar legislation to follow suit and take steps toward closing the gap between the care that nurse practitioners are educated to provide and the care that dated regulations allow them to deliver."

 

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15th annual NACDS Foundation Dinner website now live

BY Antoinette Alexander

ARLINGTON, Va. —The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation has announced the launch of the website for the 2013 NACDS Foundation Dinner, with a theme that celebrates the event’s 15th anniversary and its forward-looking focus on patient-care research and partnerships.


The website is live at dinner.nacdsfoundation.org. The NACDS Foundation Dinner will be held Dec. 3, at the Hilton New York in New York City.
Playing off of the symbolism of crystal as the traditional gift for a 15th anniversary, the event’s theme for 2013 is “Crystallize the future of patient care.”



“The NACDS Foundation is establishing itself as a committed partner with some amazing leaders in the public health arena, and the NACDS Foundation Dinner helps to make possible exciting collaboration for the good of patient care,” stated NACDS Foundation president Kathleen Jaeger. “This event contributes directly to evidence-based research, and related medication management and educational initiatives, that benefit patients, improve outcomes and advance public health.”



In one example of its timely research, earlier this year the NACDS Foundation announced three research grant awards to evaluate the impact on patient outcomes by the integration of community pharmacy-provided medication management strategies into existing patient-centered care teams, such as medical homes and accountable care organizations.

Also reflective of the NACDS Foundation’s work, this week it will announce the second class of participants in the Faculty Scholars program. The program educates assistant professors from U.S. schools and colleges of pharmacy about designing, implementing and publishing community pharmacy-based patient care research.
 

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New Anheuser-Busch brands win medals at North American Beer Awards

BY Jason Owen

ST. LOUIS — Anheuser-Busch brought home 15 medals from the North American Beer Awards last weekend, with its newest brand — Stella Artois Cidre — earning a gold medal in the cider category.

Also, Budweiser Black Crown, which was introduced in February following the brewer’s Project 12 initiative last year, won a bronze medal in the amber lager category.

Other gold medal beers for the company include Leffe Brune, O’Doul’s and Hurricane High Gravity.

“There are a number of great breweries in North America, and I’m proud to say that Anheuser-Busch won more medals than any other brewer,” said Pete Kraemer, head brewmaster for Anheuser-Busch. “We invest extra cost, time and extensive checks to produce the best and most consistent beers in the world. That’s why we are so proud of all our beers, the farmers we work with to ensure our beers get the best ingredients and the people from coast to coast and around the world who brew them.”

The North American Beer Awards is organized by the North American Brewers Association. This year more than 1,400 beers were entered by brewers of all sizes from across the country. In blind samplings, panels of judges comprised of brewmasters, beer writers and certified beer judges evaluated flights organized by style. Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded for each category at a ceremony in Idaho Falls, Idaho.


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