Plenary PLENARY: From Bedside to Boardroom: Achieving High-Quality Care in a Transformational Environment

Monday, 12 July 2010: 12:30 PM-2:30 PM
Description/Overview: Pressure to deliver health care services as efficiently and effectively as possible continues to grow, impacting not only hospitals, health systems and outpatient settings, but individual providers as well. This session will focus on helping participants better understand the key issues facing nurses and others involved in the delivery of health care otday; the related roles taht HHS and AHRQ play; the ways in which efforts to collect and report information on quality and cost of care are futher driving changes in policy and practice; and how continued attention to pay-for-performance and use of health IT will factor into those efforts. Special attention will be given to the multiplicity of roles played by nurses and ways those roles can be brought to bear on key policy discussions at the national and local level.
Learner Objective #1: describe key public- and private-sector issues and activities that nurses face involving delivery of care in an era of health system transformation.
Learner Objective #2: Outline the related roles that the HHS and AHRQ play in giving Americans access to information about the quality and cost of their healthcare options.
Carolyn M. Clancy, BS, MD, Iod, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD