Care Coordination Workshops
In our changing healthcare 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 a series 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 critical to improving the continuity of care across the healthcare system and promoting cost-effective utilization of healthcare resources.
This first workshop in this series provided foundational information and an overview of 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 for the seminar were nationally recognized nurse experts regarding the Affordable Care Act as well as the special role that Oregonians are playing its implementation. Topics covered in that session included:
- 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 follow build on subjects introduced during this first workshop in developing specific skills required to provide patient-centered care coordination in emerging models of healthcare delivery.
The upcoming seminar on Saturday, January 25, 2014, entitled “Patient Activation” will focus on healthcare literacy led by Dr. Cliff Coleman’s keynote address and small group sessions, guided by Caroline Neunzert, R.N., M.S. and Sylvia Ness, M.P.H., that will explore tools and strategies to assist nurses in engaging their patients to become greater participants in their own healthcare action plans.
This is an exciting time for nurses! As one care manager notes, “Healthcare 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 provides a roadmap to move the profession forward in meeting these challenges and enjoying the opportunities that come with them.