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Blog spotlight: ANA says ACO regulations should focus more on nursing

Nurse Leader Insider, June 6, 2011

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The American Nurses Association (ANA) has recommended the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ proposed rule for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to make place a greater emphasis on professional nursing’s impact on areas of leadership, patient-centered care coordination, and quality. The ANA said the suggestions would maximize patient care and create greater efficiencies and savings.

In written comments to the CMS, the ANA said that the proposed rule does not properly identify and measure nursing services or give enough incentives for care coordination, an essential part of registered nursing practice.

The ANA also expressed concerns that technical aspects of the rule involving the assignment of Medicare beneficiaries to ACOs could possibly deter patients from choosing advanced practice registered nurses as their primary care provider.

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