Population Health Pros Get National Support

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media , July 23, 2013

In the 2012 HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey, 30% of CEOs said care coordination is their greatest strategic challenge. Roland says that the new RNACCa aims to ease that challenge for people and organizations that want to give care coordination a try.  

When she first started her work in care coordination, Roland says she "learned that I didn't know nearly as much as I thought I did," even though she was a master's prepared nurse with a lot of critical care experience.  

Instead of starting out without a lot of direction, like Roland did, new care coordinators can look to the RNACCa for guidance, helping them skip the trial-and-error phase and letting them "get down to the nitty-gritty" of care coordination right away.

The RNACCa will provide educational materials for nurses and help for identifying resources for patients. It also plans to host a conference within the next several months and has partnered with Cincinnati's Xavier University to provide a certification program in population health management starting later this year. The program will count toward a Master's of Science in Nursing. Roland also says that the RNACCa would love to partner with other organizations, such as the ANA, to expand.

Nurse care coordinators' day in the limelight has arrived, Roland believes. "I really think that this is the time," she says. "Nurses have the opportunity, and the tools, and the backing to change healthcare."

Alexandra Wilson Pecci is a managing editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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