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Transitions of Care
ANA's Health Policy Department is active in quality, including safety care coordination (CC), and payment advocacy across the National Quality Enterprise, organizations working on advancing the National Quality Strategy (NQS), to achieve the NQS aims: better care, more afford able care, and healthier people/communities.  Care coordination and patient safety are two of the six NQS priorities with are integrally related.  For example, lower levels of nurse staffing and associated with higher length of stay and readmissions.  Without a culture of safety and safety structures (e.g., HIT and safe nurse staffing and skill mix) and evidence-based CC processes, the promise of efficient, quality care CC will not be achieved to improve patient outcomes.  Avoidable readmissions related to lack of quality, safe care coordination, including transition of care, from hospital to home or to a skilled nursing facility or other post-acute/long term care setting leads to patient safety risk and excessive cost. 

The ANA/AAN have identified care coordination policy priorities, payment and measurement, for nursing (Read the joint ANA/AAN Policy Agenda for Nurse-Lead Care Coordination, and, see ANA's quality public reporting websites in "Related Resources" below).  ANA is also leading on key quality policy advocacy, including measurement prioritization and national nurse nominations, related to CMS's pay for reporting and quality programs for recent CMS legislation :  1) Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and 2) Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (the IMPACT Act). 

ANA's Department of Health Policy Quality Advocacy Partners (see "Related Resources" for  resources and initiatives on Care Coordination from each partner) are:

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • Minnesota Nursing Big Data Science
  • National Quality Forum (NQF)


Care Coordination: Capitalizing on the Nursing Role in Population Health
Presenter: Faith Jones, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Date: September 21st, 2016
Time: 1pm–2pm EDT
NOTE: Registration for the event will close on September 20th at 7pm EDT

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