The Value of Nursing Care Coordination

A June 2012 American Nurses Association white paper  - the value of Nursing care co-ordination - focusses on recent reports and studies that have documented results involving registered nurses in care coordination – the results clearly “demonstrate the effectiveness of nurse-led and patient-centered care coordination”:

  • Reductions in emergency department visits
  • Noticeable decreases in medication costs
  • Reduced inpatient charges
  • Reduced overall charges
  • Average savings per patient
  • Significant increases in survival with fewer readmissions
  • Lower total annual Medicare costs for those beneficiaries participating in pilot projects compared to control groups
  • Increased patient confidence in self-managing care
  • Improved quality of care
  • Increased safety of older adults during transition from an acute care setting to the home
  • Improved clinical outcomes and reduced costs
  • Improved patient satisfaction overall

Different care settings, patients’ needs, and availability of resources may influence the selection of a care coordinator. For many patients, the registered nurse is the most appropriate care coordinator.”

“The care coordination process is one aspect of professional practice through which registered nurses at every level regularly influence patient care.”

“…….there is a need for care systems that support better health outcomes while reducing costs in this growing population. RN care coordination is a way to achieve these goals.”

Source: http://www.nursingworld.org/carecoordinationwhitepaper