AAN News & Opinion
Strengthen federal and local policies to advance precision health implementation and nurses’ impact on healthcare quality and safetyThe American Academy of Nursing (The Academy) supports sustaining and building on institutional and regulatory policies to ensure that adequate infrastructure and workforce is in place for precision health implementation by nurses and other healthcare team members. In order to realize anticipated improvements in healthcare quality and safety, the Academy will continue to provide opportunities in the area of precision health policy development to Academy Fellows and nurses across the nation. In 2016, H.R.
Policy brief: Improve coverage of newborn genetic screening to include the Recommended Uniform Screening Panel and newborn screening registryA major goal of newborn screening is to reduce morbidity and mortality in infants and children by identifying heritable conditions in which early treatment may improve a child's long-term health and survival. However, the number and type of heritable disorders included in newborn screening currently vary from state to state. Expert recommendations to screen for 34 core conditions and report on 26 secondary conditions were issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This panel, known as the Recommended Uniform Screening Panel (RUSP), has not been adopted by all states thereby creating a geographic disparity in opportunities to receive timely intervention for potentially life-threatening heritable conditions.