The American Nurses Association (ANA) has been increasingly focusing on issues surrounding care coordination.
As a Nurse.com interview with ANA Senior Director of Product Development Terri Gaffney notes, these efforts include policy priorities and goals intended to further assist nurses with taking the lead in growing and refining care coordination. The ANA has made expanding payment options for nurses related to care coordination a primary objective.
“The work performed by nurses is rolled into the hospital’s charges. So a goal for the ANA is to create an opportunity for payment for services, because we believe nurses should be able to be reimbursed just as other professionals.”
One particular aspect of care coordination that excites Gaffney is technology. She says:
“With all of the advancements in technology, care is going to be delivered in new and amazing ways. For the elderly, for instance, who live in a setting with remote monitoring, we’ll be able to measure things like how often they get out of bed at night, whether they’re drinking enough water, whether they’re sleeping enough, so we can monitor their needs from afar and intervene when necessary to help them live healthier, better quality lives. There is a world of possibilities that are just endless.”