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HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Geneia Institute and Villanova University College of Nursing today announced a new, co-provided program to educate nurses and social workers to become effective care coordinators. Care coordinators – clinicians who work closely with the patient and their health care team to increase patient satisfaction, improve health outcomes, and control costs – are in demand more than ever as the number of accountable care organizations (ACOs) and patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) increases.
"The pace of change in health care has accelerated dramatically, and even nurses with decades of experience need new skills to take on the multiple tasks required in care coordination," said Lynore DeSilets, EdD, RN-BC, Assistant Dean & Director, Villanova University College of Nursing Continuing Education in Nursing and Healthcare. "That's why Villanova and The Geneia Institute created this groundbreaking population health management curriculum to prepare nurses and social workers to successfully move into new roles within accountable care organizations and other health care delivery models."
The Geneia Institute – Villanova University College of Nursing program, Coordinating Care in a Fragmented System, will provide clinicians with expert training and the skills to help their organizations transition successfully to ACOs, PCMHs and other risk-sharing arrangements. The program, which begins on Saturday, March 8th with an all-day session and combines in-person and online learning, will teach clinicians new to population health how to effectively manage populations.
"We're proud to partner with Villanova to help meet the skyrocketing demand for care coordinators," said Heather Lavoie, President of Geneia. "Care coordinators help patients get the right care at the right time in the right setting. They also help control costs. Between 2011 and 2012, the Ohio-based hospital system Mercy Health evaluated the impact of adding care coordinators, finding that they helped reduce readmissions by 35% and emergency department visits by 37%."
Coordinating Care in a Fragmented System will meet in-person on the Villanova campus on Saturday, March 8th and Saturday, April 5th, and students will work online for five consecutive weeks beginning the week of March 10th. Students can earn up to 39 contact hours for successfully completing the program.
To learn more about this timely program for nurses and social workers, join the virtual Open House on February 3rd at 12 noon Eastern. To attend the Open House, visit: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/435960574. To register for the course, see www1.villanova.edu/villanova/nursing/ce/courses.html.
Geneia is a health care innovations company specializing in the development and deployment of clinical, analytic, and technical solutions for health care. Our staff has significant experience in all aspects of health care and includes 100 nurses and physicians as well as dietitians, social workers, and health educators. We develop, acquire, and market leapfrogging technologies to improve the cost of health care, and the health of the people we serve. The Geneia Institute educates clinicians and other health care professionals in population health, care coordination, and other emerging models. Geneia helps hospitals, physicians, health plans, brokers, employers, and their employees succeed in the post health care reform environment. For more information, visit www.geneia.com.
ABOUT VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF NURSING
The Villanova University College of Nursing, established in 1953, is a nationally recognized premier nursing program under Catholic auspices with a mission to create a synergy between compassion and clinical excellence. Designated a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing, the College provides a values-based undergraduate education grounded in the liberal arts and sciences that prepares students to assume positions as productive, ethical, and socially responsible citizens and leaders providing care in clinical and community settings. Its environment for faculty and student scholarship, its respected continuing nursing education program, centers that address crucial health issues, and the leadership contributions of its students, faculty and alumni in nursing and healthcare are acknowledged around the world. Villanova University College of Nursing has recently achieved accreditation with distinction from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. This prestigious honor deems our continuing education program to be of the highest quality and worthy of public confidence. For more information, visit www.villanova.edu/nursing.
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