Late fee options
are now available; contact ARN National.
A new content
outline became effective for the June 2007 examination. This is posted
now has only 175 questions (25 pretest: un-scored), and
candidates will have up to 3 hours to complete the exam.
Candidate handbooks and application forms are available from ARN National (1-800-229-7530). Registration forms may also be downloaded from the ARN National website(www.rehabnurse.org ).
SE Texas Chapter is very active,
with thirteen committees working throughout the year. Committee
members are needed!! Get involved – it’s a great way to meet
colleagues, share ideas, learn, and… have fun! Contact Virginia
(Becky) Thayer at
for more information or to sign-up. Committee sign-up sheets will be
available at our Monthly Educational meetings to sign up and become
more active in our Chapter’s activities.
SETX Chapter ARN is holding a
membership contest from April through July 2013. The member
recruiting the most new members will receive a $25 Chili’s gift
A second membership contest will be held August through November
2013. The member recruiting the most new members will receive a $25
gift card for Ramono’s Macaroni Grill.
Membership Participation Incentive:
Back for 2012
Those SE Texas Chapter ARN members
who actively serve on:
1) the Board of Directors
2) Chair a committee
3) actively serve on a committee OR
4) attend a Chapter meeting 8 out of 10 months in 2013
will be awarded a free ticket to the 2013 Holiday Gala & Awards
Banquet in November.
Thank you for your active participation!
Update Your Contact Information:
Please help us keep our membership
roster current! Update your address, phone, e-mail, and other contact
www.rehabnurse.org in the Members only section. Please notify
Betty Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org
also, so that the Chapter records are current.
On-line Membership Directory:
Did you know that you are able to
obtain other members’ contact information through the on-line
Membership Directory at
www.rehabnurse.org in the Members only section? A listing of
all SE Texas Chapter members is also available, using the search by
Community Activity Report:
Are you involved in a rehabilitation
related community activity? Be sure to report your volunteer service
to SETX Chapter ARN!! One of the Chapter goals for 2008-2009,
2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and again for 2012-2013 is to
increase our involvement in rehabilitation related community
activities, and this will help toward our application for the
Chapter of the Year award for the National Conference in North
Examples of activities include health fairs, SIRES therapeutic
riding, Parish nursing activities, and events such as the MS 150
bicycle ride. Click here to download the form to complete, and turn
in at the next Chapter meeting. It is important for our Chapter to
document the hours of related community activity our members are
giving to advance rehabilitation in our communities throughout the
Houston and surrounding areas. Activities from July 2012 and after
Community Action – SILENT AUCTION:
Beginning in 2004 & 2005 the Chapter
supported two worthy causes in the community: T.H. Rodgers School
and Camp Xtreme. T.H. Rodgers is an HISD school that educates many
children with disabilities, and Camp Xtreme is a summer camp devoted
to children who use wheelchairs. In 2006, the Chapter contributed to
the “Be an Angel Fund” for playground equipment for children with
disabilities and Camp Xtreme. In 2007 and 2008, the Chapter
contributed to the SIRES Therapeutic Riding: a therapeutic horse
riding program for individuals with disabilities. In 2009 and 2010,
the Chapter contributed to June Rusche Hamrah Camp for All, a
barrier free camp for children and adults with chronic illness or
disabilities and their families. In 2010 and 2011, the Paws for
Patriots an organization that trains specially bred dogs from
Florida to assist veterans, American Heroes, with disabilities. In
2011 and 2012, Jonie & Friends an organization that provides
rehabilitation camps and activities for wounded warriors and their
families. The Chapter wishes to continue to assist community
agencies for persons with disabilities. If you know of a
organization or program that we can help support please contact one
of the Board members so we can consider them for a donation in 2013.
Thanks to the generous support of Chapter members, the 2012 Silent
Auction was once again a tremendous success!!!
Proceeds from the 2012 Silent Auction will be donated to the Joni
& Friends Camp for all Children of Wounded Warriors. Joni &
Friends camp for all children of Wounded Warriors is a Christian
organization that provides Retreats for Wounded Warriors and their
family to assist in their recovery from debilitating injuries
defending our United States of America.
Wounded Warrior Getaway
Our Wounded Warrior Getaway is a three-day time of respite and
spiritual refreshment specifically designed for American servicemen
and women who've become disabled as a result of war. Organized by
our Joni and Friends/San Antonio Office, this Getaway also serves
the spouse and children of the wounded warrior, providing a wide
range of accessible family activities, powerful speakers, one-on-one
networking, and time in God's Word.
- Wheelchair accessible
- King or Queen size beds
- Private Bathrooms
- Buffet Style meals
- Handicap rooms available with roll-in showers
- Morning programming for all ages including a nursery
- Nursery available for part of the afternoon for family activities
- Afternoon family recreation times
- Evening family activities
- Swimming pool and hot tub
- Lake for fishing, canoeing, kayaking
- Hiking trail
- Rock climbing wall available one day
- Horseback riding
- Spa time with massage therapists
- Breakout sessions for Warriors and Caregivers
- Event Speaker
Begin Planning on Contributing to help support individuals with
Plan ahead because before we know it the 2013 Gala
and Silent Auction will be on our doorsteps. Start thinking of items
that could be donated to generate funds for our Community
Organizations that focus on rehabilitation for individuals with
disabilities. It is a great way for our Chapter to continue supporting the services available within the Houston and surrounding
Items to donate!!
• Handmade items: jewelry, crafts, sewing,…
• Gift Cards to favorite local restaurants or stores
• Christmas items for the Holidays
• Collectables: coins, paper weights, dolls,…
• Themed Baskets
• What ever creative ideas are always welcome
Help support our Communities
throughout the Houston area by donating an item(s) to Auction!
Newsletter: "Rehab Round-Up"
Our Newsletter, “Rehab Round-Up” is published twice yearly and sent
out electronically. Glennys Asselin, MSN/ED, RN, CRRN, AA is the
editor. The Spring 2013 edition will be emailed out early April and
the fall edition will be emailed out in early October. Make sure we
have your current email address so you do not miss an issue. If you
would like a copy, please contact Glennys Asselin at email@example.com
Items are needed for the
newsletter – brief articles, promotions, legislative updates,
clinical tips, etc. Submit to Glennys Asselin at
National ARN News:
Please visit the National ARN
or refer to your ARN Network newsletter to learn more about :
ARN –CAT – Competency Assessment Tool
New RNF Research Agenda
Locating members or updating your contact information
CRRN Exam New Content Outline
Safe Patient Handling Toolkit
Rehabilitation Nursing online
New Position Statement on Documentation of Medical Necessity
New On-line CRRN Practice Exam
FREE on-line contact hours for members
Education Contact Hours:
ARN National is no longer an approved maintenance provider for CDMSC, CCM or
CRCC continuing education.
However, SETX chapter membership voted to provide CCM continuing
for at least five (5) of the ten (10) annual educational programs.
Please see the calendar
page each month for posting of CCM contact hours. If you have any
concerns, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan:
administered either by a state or by the Department of Health and
Human Services, will provide a new health coverage option for
Americans who have been uninsured for at least six months, have been
unable to get health coverage because of a health condition, and are
a U.S. citizen or are residing in the U.S. legally. The plan will
continue until 2014 when the new health insurance exchange system
will be established.
Info on how to apply for the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan
is available at
Medicare Annual Update of the
International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical
7006 reminds the Medicare contractors and providers that the annual
ICD-9-CM update will be effective for dates of service on and after
October 1, 2010. New, revised, and discontinued ICD-9-CM diagnosis
codes can be found on the CMS Website or at the National Center for
Health Statistics (NCHS) Website in June of each year.
ANA Launches Web Site to Broaden
Support for Safe Patient Handling Goals
As part of its
long-standing effort to increase awareness about the need to
eliminate manual patient handling by RNs working in healthcare
facilities, the ANA launched a new Web site to promote grassroots
support. Learn more by going to
Ref.: “The Nurse and Health Care Worker Protection Act of 2009”
(H>R> 2381), sponsored by Rep. John Conyers, (D-MI).
CRRN Update: Enhancing the
Points-of-Credit Renewal Procedure
By Therese Pietsch, PhD RN CRRN CNE, RNCB Chair
The Rehabilitation Nursing Certification Board met in October 2012
and approved a modification to the points of credit renewal
procedure that will become approved a modification to the point of
credit renewal procedure that will become effective January 1, 2014.
The change is primarily based on national trends and expectations of
RNs who maintain certification in specialty areas of practice. This
article provides specific details about the upcoming change to your
CRRN renewal procedure. More details to come.....
LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE UPDATE - July, 2013
CMS LOWERS RAC MINIMUM RECORD
REQUEST LIMIT FOR HOSPITALS AND OTHER PROVIDERS........CMS has
reduced the minimum number of medical records that Recovery Audit
Contractors may request from Medicare providers other than
physicians and suppliers. Effective April, 2013 RAC's may request 20
records in a 45 day period which is down from a previous minimum of
35 records and only 75% may be limited used for a particular type of
claim, such as in-patient.
CMS SEEKS 1.45% PAYMENT HIKE FOR SNFs......CMS has proposed a 1.4%
hike in Medicare payment to skilled nursing facilities for fiscal
2014, which the agency estimates would increase payment to these
providers by about $500 million from 2013 payment levels.....look
MARILYN TAVENNER CONFIRMED AS CMS ADMINISTRATOR.....U.S. Senate
confirmed her to serve as the Administrator of the Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid Services and is the first confirmed in over 7
years. Prior Ms. Tavenner was an ICU nurse, hospital administrator,
and Virginia' secretary of Health and Human Services.
JOINT COMMISSION PROPOSES REQUIREMENTS FOR ADVANCED COPD
CERTIFICATION PROGRAM....In June was issued proposed areas of
enhancement to their COPD Advanced Certification, which was
developed in 2007 to "standard the care provided in ambulatory care
settings to patients who have COPD". The areas for enhancement
include the following: initial assessments should include a history
of exacerbation, initial assessments should identify co-morbidities
or concurrently occurring conditions associated with the patient's
COPD, treatment should be patient-specific and guided by the
patient, plan of care and should be individualized.
2013 TEXAS LEGISLATIVE SESSION - NURSES ENJOY SUCCESSFUL
Passed: Patient Advocacy
Protections for Public Hospital-Employed Nurses (HB 581 by Rep.
Passed: Reducing Assaults Against ER Nurses (HB 705 by Rep.
Passed: Expansion of Prescriptive Authority for APRN's (SB 406 by
Sen Nelson/Rep. Kolkhorst).
Passed: Special Funding for Nursing Education (SB 1 Appropriations
Bill, Higher Education Coordinating Board).
Passed: Faculty Loan Repayment Program (HB 2099 by Rep. Guillen/Sen.
Passed: Common Online Application for Nursing Programs (HB 2099 Rep.
Passed: Use of Trauma Funds for Graduate Nursing Education (HB 7 by
Rep. Darby/Sen. Williams.
Passed: NPA Amendments (SB 1058 by Sen. Nelson/Rep. S. King).
Passed:Study of Self-Directed, Semi-Independent Status for BON (SB
1375 by Sen. Hinojosa/Rep. Darby).
Cindy Gebhard BSN RN
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