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How Optimizing Nurses' Roles Leads to Better Patient-Centered Care

Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, July 11, 2011

Dr. Ali's model of care is a good example of how using nurses to their fullest potential offers the opportunity to provide better patient-centered care. It also offers two other financial benefits:

  1. It frees up the physician's time to see more patients, which in the current fee-for-service reimbursement structure allows for more billable charges.
  2. It prepares organizations for the future reimbursement structure of pay for performance based on outcomes. 

If you haven't started the transition away from a fee-for-service model of care, Fauquier Hospital and Dr. Ali may offer a good option. Applying this outreach approach with some of your smaller service lines may be a healthy first step.


Karen Minich-Pourshadi is a Senior Editor with HealthLeaders Media.
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