Nursing Leadership in ACOs:
Opportunities, Challenges and Strategies
March 27, 2012
Washington Court Hotel
The Nursing Alliance for Quality Care and the American Academy of Nurse
Practitioners are pleased to present a symposium that addresses the important
opportunities and challenges posed for registered nurses and APRNs in the creation
and implementation of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).
Speakers include Dr. Kavita Patel, Barbara Safriet, Joyce Dubow, Nancy O'Rourke
and experts from several successful nurse managed health centers and health systems
who are negotiating contracts with ACOs in their communities. Experts will address how
to maintain the APRN scope of practice in the presence of ACOs, as well as how to
carve out and gain recognition of important roles for registered nurses within the various
ACO models. Learn not only about multiple models of ACOs, but also how you can
strategize to make them work for you, whether you are an APRN or an RN.
Participants will be able to:
1. Describe at least 3 different models of ACOs.
2. Describe at least two implications for their own practice that result from establishment
of an ACO in their community.
3. Share two or more challenges/barriers along with possible solutions that could arise
from working within or near an ACO.
Featured Topics and Speakers:
Consumer/Patient Expectations of an ACO – Joyce Dubow, Senior Director, Health Care Reform,
Unraveling the Mysteries of ACO Models – Kavita Patel, MD, MSHS, Fellow, The Brookings
Final Rule: Implications for APRNs, RNs and Patients – CMS Expert - TBA
Breakout Panel 1: Maintaining APRN Scope of Breakout Panel 2: Reframing the Roles of RNs in
Practice in the Presence of ACOs an ACO Environment
Wendy Wright, MS, APRN, FNP, FAANP, Sheila Johnson, RN, MBA, Director of Clinical
Family Nurse Practitioner, Owner, Wright and Services, Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Associates Family Healthcare, PLLC Susan Kendig, JD, MSN, Coordinator, WHNP
Kathleen Kidder, MSN, FNP-BC, NP Owner, Program, University of Missouri-St. Louis;
Life Long Care of New London, PLLC Consultant, Health Policy Advantage, LLC
Thomas Mackey, PhD, FNP-BC, FAAN, Mary Jean Schumann, DNP, MBA, RN,
FAANP, Director, University of Texas Health CPNP, Executive Director, Nursing Alliance for
Science Center Quality Care
Barbara Safriet, JD, LLM, Visiting Professor
of Health Law, Lewis and Clark Law School
Nancy O’Rourke, MS, APRN BC, Director,
Critical Care Affiliate Practitioner Program,
University of Massachusetts
Wrap-Up: Developing and Implementing a Nursing Strategy for ACOs
Jan Towers, PhD, NP-C, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN, Director of Health Policy/Federal Government &
Professional Affairs, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Joanne M. Pohl, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN, FAANP, Professor Emerita, University of Michigan School
of Nursing; Principal Investigator, Institute for Nursing Centers
Sean Lyon, MSN, FNP, APRN, FNP-BC, Patient Centered Medical Home Project Director, Life
Long Care, PLLC.
Barbara Safriet, JD, LLM, Visiting Professor of Health Law, Lewis and Clark Law School
Susan Kendig, JD, MSN, Coordinator, WHNP Program, University of Missouri-St. Louis;
Consultant, Health Policy Advantage, LLC
An application is being made for contact hours to be awarded for this continuing
education activity through the AMERICAN ACADEMY OF NURSE PRACTITIONERS,
and through the MARYLAND NURSES ASSOCIATION, accredited as an approver by
The American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
General fee: $195
Webcast (per-site fee): $250
(Special rate for solo practitioners. Please contact Mina Shyu at 202.994.9660 for
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