Nurse practitioners constitute a workforce already grounded in patient-centered care, explains Linda Lindeke, Ph.D., an RN and a nurse practitioner herself since 1978. Lindeke, who is also associate professor for the School of Nursing and Department of Pediatrics and director of Graduate Studies for the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota, describes the demographics where a nurse practitioner’s contributions might need clarification, explains why there’s not much mention of the medical home in nursing literature and assesses the impact of the Affordable Care Act’s $15 million allocation to fund 10 nurse practitioner-led clinics that will provide primary care services to the medically underserved.
Lindeke examined how nurse practitioners are being utilized in the physician practice, hospital and clinic settings to increase access to care and coordinate care for patients with chronic conditions during The Emerging Role of Nurse Practitioners in Expanding Access, Enhancing Revenue, a 45-minute webinar on July 28, 2010.
Length: 6:21 minutes
Along with the transformation to a patient-centered medical home came an acceptance of a model that coordinates care for an entire population, not just the patients showing up each day, notes Dr. Paul Kaye, medical director at Taconic IPA. And even though the 238 Taconic physicians at 11 sites have received Level III PPC®-PCMH™ recognition from the NCQA, Susan Stuard, executive director of THINC, explains that practice transformation doesn’t stop there.
Dr. Kaye and Ms. Stuard described how the sharing of data across its organization is improving physician performance and value-based reimbursement levels during Improving Physician Performance and Value-Based Reimbursement Levels Through Meaningful Data Sharing, a 45-minute webinar on June 23, 2010.
Length: 4:31 minutes
When primary care isn’t available, several proxy healthcare services can sometimes fill the bill for certain conditions, helping to reduce the number of avoidable emergency room visits, explains Sara Gray, senior manager of emergency services at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado. Ms. Gray describes two important steps hospitals can take when discharging patients to keep those patients from seeking post-discharge care in the ER, and suggests a hospital-SNF partnership to reduce preventable ER visits by SNF patients.
Ms. Gray shared Kaiser’s three-pronged approach to reducing inappropriate and avoidable ED use during Reducing Unnecessary Emergency Room Visits: Strategies To Discourage Inappropriate Use and Reduce Preventable Visits, a 45-minute webinar on June 9, 2010.
Length: 3:40 minutes