Nursing

News spotlight: ANA stresses importance of nurse-led care models

Nurse Leader Insider, December 13, 2010

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has asked U.S. health organizations to submit ideas regarding the formation of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), and the American Nurses Association (ANA) has responded, urging nurses to assume leadership roles in care models.

ACOs are a part of health care reform under the Accountable Care Act that aims to assist better cooperation and communication between healthcare professionals to reduce costs and improve the quality of care Medicaid beneficiaries receive.

The ANA urges CMS to realize the essential role RNs play to care coordination, as it is one of the standards of professional practice for nurses. The ANA says that nursing care contributes directly to reducing costs associated with unnecessary care and improving quality of care, yet nursing costs have been absorbed into “room charges” and overhead, rendering nurses’ contributions hidden.

Source: American Nurses Association



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