The way health care providers are paid is shifting. Dr. Kate Fiandt is a professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Nursing and says health care is moving from paying providers by the number of people they see to the quality of the care. She says, “Registered nurses have the expertise to manage the component of the practice that assures all the outcomes – high patient satisfaction, efficiency.”
The shift is demanding major changes by providers as well. Instead of being paid for the number of patients they see and tests ordered, the system is moving toward paying providers based on patient satisfaction, good clinical outcomes and cost effectiveness.
The College of Nursing received a four-year, $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration to help meet some of the new demands with a focus on engaging more nurses in the management of patients.
Dr. Fiandt says that grant will focus on updating undergraduate nursing curriculum to include primary care ad clinical experience, developing a continuing nursing education program and create urban and rural nurse managed care teams.