ANA Urges Recognition and Funding for Nurses' Care Coordination

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The federal government, health care insurers, and other health care financing systems should acknowledge the central role of registered nurses (RNs) in providing effective care coordination services, which should be fully funded to continue improving health care quality and patient outcomes and reducing costs through more efficient use of resources, the American Nurses Association (ANA) recommends.

Nurses’ contributions to care coordination, a long-held core professional standard and competency for RNs, is integral to patient care quality, satisfaction, and the effective and efficient use of health care resources. In a new position statement, "Care Coordination and Registered Nurses' Essential Role," ANA contends care coordination must be defined, measured, and documented by health care financing systems to create direct financial and systemic incentives for this function. Currently, care coordination, which fills many gaps in patients’ care plans, is neither well-documented nor reimbursed as a distinct component of patient care.