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New Care Coordination Codes Huge Win for Nurses

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, November 20, 2012

Carlson believes that once people see how much effective care coordination reduces readmissions, Medicare and private payers will start reimbursing even more for it.

Of course, patients and hospitals aren't the only ones who'll benefit from the new codes. Nurses themselves, who play a huge role in care coordination, are also big winners here.

"That shows that there's an understanding of the importance of nurses," Carlson says. "It's nurses who are doing this work."

Moreover, she and the ANA believe that the new codes could also help create jobs. "I see there's a bright future ahead for nurses and care coordinators," she says.

The new care coordination codes definitely should give nurses an extra reason to be thankful this year, maybe even to have a little party.

"We celebrated a little bit," Carlson said with a laugh. "It is a victory."


Alexandra Wilson Pecci is a managing editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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2 comments on "New Care Coordination Codes Huge Win for Nurses"


Linda (5/18/2013 at 12:30 PM)
Can an RN work independently in this field, or are there job openings with hospitals?

bettynoyes (11/20/2012 at 12:20 PM)
I am cheering for this "advance" for Patient Care.. It is certainly a win for nurses and reimbursement.. but the Patients and Family are the real winners!!!!