American Academy of Nursing Participates in DHHS Health Care Payment Action Network Meeting | Urges Adoption of Payment Models that Utilize Nurses as Care-Coordinators

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The American Academy of Nursing will participate today in the launch of the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network to address goals set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to move the Medicare program and the overall healthcare system towards paying providers based on quality or value of care, rather than the quantity of care given to patients. “In the wake of the five year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, with 16.4 million additional insured consumers, it is important that all components of the health care system come together to achieve better health, better quality of care and lower costs,” said Academy President, Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN.

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“The Academy urges the adoption of payment models that not only incentivize quality of care rather than quantity but also utilize the most appropriate professional to coordinate the care, including nurses," said Academy President, Diana J. Mason.

The American Academy of Nursing will participate today in the launch of the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network to address goals set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to move the Medicare program and the overall healthcare system towards paying providers based on quality or value of care, rather than the quantity of care given to patients.

“In the wake of the five year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, with 16.4 million additional insured consumers, it is important that all components of the health care system come together to achieve better health, better quality of care and lower costs,” said Academy President, Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN. “The Academy urges the adoption of payment models that not only incentivize quality of care rather than quantity but also utilize the most appropriate professional to coordinate the care, including nurses. The Academy is pleased to participate in the crucial conversation today and applauds the administration for its efforts to expand alternative payment models beyond Medicare.”

Academy CEO, Cheryl Sullivan, has been invited to the White House briefing on the Healthcare Payment Learning and Action Network. The Academy’s Edge Runner initiative identifies nurse-designed innovative models of care for which there are good clinical and financial outcomes. The adoption of global payment approaches can provide incentives for focusing on promoting the health of individuals, families and communities that engage people in their own care.

The Academy also has published recommendations regarding the implementation of policies for quality care-coordination and payment models, including a set of “Guiding Principles” for implementation, evaluation and payment for care-coordination and transitional care models.

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The American Academy of Nursing (http://www.AANnet.org) serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge. The Academy's more than 2,300 fellows are nursing's most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice, policy, and research. They have been recognized for their extraordinary contributions to nursing and health care.

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