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Nurs Outlook. 2017 Nov - Dec;65(6):737-745. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2017.04.001. Epub 2017 Apr 13.

Alternative payment models lead to strategic care coordination workforce investments.

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1
Health Workforce Research Center, The George Washington University, Washington, DC. Electronic address: cerikson@gwu.edu.
2
Health Policy and Management, The George Washington University, Washington, DC.
3
Healthforce Center, Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.
4
UCSF School of Nursing, Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Care coordination is generally viewed as a key to success for health systems seeking to adapt to a range of new value-based payment policies.

PURPOSE:

This study explores care coordination staffing in four health systems participating in new payment models, including Medicaid payment reform and Accountable Care Organizations.

METHODS:

Comparative case study design is used to describe models of care coordination. Analysis of 43 semi-structured interviews with leadership, clinicians, and care coordination staff at four health systems engaged in value-based contracts.

DISCUSSION:

Each of the sites engaged in significant task shifting of low-complexity care coordination activities to licensed practical nurses, medical assistants, and other unlicensed personnel freeing up registered nurses and social workers for more complex patients. Few have care coordination experience, requiring a significant investment in on-the-job training.

CONCLUSION:

Payment reform is leading to a greater investment in the care coordination workforce. However, demonstrating the return on investment remains a challenge.

KEYWORDS:

Care management; Payment reform; Workforce

PMID:
28576295
DOI:
10.1016/j.outlook.2017.04.001
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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