Care Coordination Workshops
In our changing health care system, opportunities abound for nurses seeking to expand their expertise in care coordination. Nurses are pivotal to designing and delivering care in an improving system that meets the goals of the Triple Aim. OHSU School of Nursing, in cooperation with OHSU Hospital and community healthcare partners, is offering the first of five Continuing Education Workshops focused on this rapidly evolving area of practice.
“The Power of Care Coordination: Nursing Excellence and Innovation in Healthcare Reform”
In today’s fragmented healthcare system, patients are often cared for by multiple providers in varied multiple settings. As patients transition from one provider or setting to another, the potential for poorly coordinated care, resulting in suboptimal patient outcomes, increases. Efforts to support patient-centered care coordination have proven to be successful at decreasing rates of costly hospitalizations and re-hospitalizations of patients. Professional nursing practice is key to improving the continuity of care across the health care system and promoting cost-effective utilization of healthcare resources.
This first workshop will provide foundational information about the national context and Oregon’s leading role in healthcare reform. The Affordable Care Act of 2010 outlines the pursuit of the Triple Aim, which entails improving the health of patient populations, enhancing the patient care experience, and reducing the cost of care delivery. The establishment of Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organizations provides a model for achieving these outcomes by utilizing a team-based approach to care. Our two keynote speakers are nationally recognized nurse experts regarding the Affordable Care Act as well as the special role that Oregonians are playing its implementation. Topics will include:
- Fundamental changes inherent in health care reform and relevant to nursing practice
- The power of nursing care coordination to improve patient outcomes
- The relevance of nursing professional practice in effective care coordination
- Opportunities for nursing excellence and innovation in panel management, patient activation, team-based care, and transition models.
The four seminars that will follow build on subjects introduced during this first workshop in developing specific skills required to provide patient-centered care coordination in emerging models of health care delivery.
This is an exciting time for nurses! As one care manager notes, “Health care reform has created a perfect storm, moving nurses into a role of power and influence in patient care and program development.” This series of workshops will provide a roadmap to move the profession forward in meeting these challenges and enjoying the opportunities that come with them.