Why "care coordination" and why now? Care coordination has been proposed as a solution to many of the seemingly intractable problems of American health care: high costs, uneven quality, and too frequent disappointing patient outcomes. The demand for improved coordination of health care will only increase as providers seek to implement more patient-centered and cost-effective services at both state and national levels for Medicare, Medicaid, and privately insured individuals.
Coordination of care is not a new idea, and it is certainly not new to registered nurses. In light of changing patient needs, health initiatives such as the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's (IHI) "Triple Aim Initiative," emphasize the importance of care coordination in improving care of individuals, improving the health of populations, and reducing the per capita cost of health care. Different care settings, patients' needs, and availability of resources may influence the selection of a care coordinator. For many patients, the registered nurse is the most appropriate care coordinator. Are you prepared to succeed in this brave new world?
In this interactive 6-week blended course, combining independent study and live instructor led sessions, you will gain key insights into care coordination. Join with learning facilitator Faith Jones, MSN, RN, NEA-BC as she shares specific knowledge, skills, and abilities RNs need to excel in this role. With these new skills you will be positioned to bring more value to your practice setting.
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Note: Learners should plan to spend 1 to 1.5 hours per week in this interactive blended learning course.