Nurse-Led Clinics Battle Readmissions

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media , August 28, 2012

Regence says it has partnered with other providers and employers in Washington and Oregon in for similar initiatives, and one of its pilot programs showed that per-capita spending on healthcare was reduced by 20%, and access to health care increased almost 18%.

Programs like these are often funded by grants—that's the case for the hospital-to-home program in Ohio. In another instance, the California Wellness Foundation awarded a $75,000 grant to allow the nursing students at California State University, Bakersfield to provide free health screenings to uninsured and low-income residents of Kern County. The grant will allow the nursing department's Community Preventive Health Collaborative to operate for three years.

However the programs are funded, though, they all seem to recognize one thing: That the simplest interventions can be some of the most crucial, and nurses are in a perfect position to take the lead.

Alexandra Wilson Pecci is a managing editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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Monica Rauton, DNP, ANP-BC (9/4/2012 at 2:14 PM)
As a recent graduate of the doctor of nursing practice program at Arizona State University, development and implementation of an outpatient heart failure clinic was what I focused on for my evidence based practice project. Our program is a multidisciplinary 6 week outpatient program that involves a cardilogy NP (myself), 2 certified HF nurses, a pharmacologist, a dietician and an exercise physiologist. Our setting is in cardiac rehab and we offer not only education, but weekly physical assessments and an exercise component. Our program has been very successful and has been effective in reducing readmission rates, improving quality of life and functional status for patients. Many more clinics such as these are needed and are actively being developed and implemented. This is refreshing as medicine is in dire need of a more preventative approach to patient care.




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