As healthcare shifts to value-based practices, nurses are well positioned to lead the charge in creating better patient outcomes without placing undue strain on the system. One solution lies in optimizing care coordination, according to Nurse.com.
Historically, fee-for-service reimbursement has driven most care decisions, but with the industry now emphasizing quality over quantity of care, models are changing and practices are shifting. Increasingly, providers are being held accountable for maintaining collaborative, seamless care coordination across the continuum and nurses on the front lines are well-equipped to drive more efficient practices.
For example, nurses can facilitate more comprehensive care transitions, particularly between acute and post-acute care. Transitions to post-acute facilities have historically been a driver of expensive and highly variable care.
In fact, 73% of the variance in Medicare spending per beneficiary is attributable to post-acute care. Poor handovers during a transition often lead to increased medical errors, higher re-admissions, more frequent acquired infections and dissatisfied patients.
In order to engage in efficient transitions for patients, a certain level of customer service is required. Patients and their families need to understand the care plan, determine potential pitfalls (like medication reconciliation) and run through scenarios, both to gain peace of mind and prevent re-admissions.
By spending time with a patient’s family explaining the process and clearly articulating expectations, nurses in acute and post-acute facilities can affect better long-term outcomes.
But a few barriers stand in the way.
Read the full story at Nurse.com.