Monday, June 29, 2009

Nurses Ponder New Role In Prevention

“The focus on traditional care – procedures for treatment — is shifting to a new emphasis on prevention ‘There couldn't be more exciting times in healthcare reform than we have right now. It is truly a transformation,’ said Ann Marchewka, a nurse executive at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital in Lebanon, N.H. ‘The most exciting thing about this is we are seeing a whole revision of health care as we know it.’ The potential shift from a procedure-based federal reimbursement system to an outcome-based system, nurses said, will require doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals to put a new premium on prevention and disease management. Vermont's Blueprint for Health, a pilot program testing a more rigorous prevention strategy, could become the new norm under a federal health care reform package.

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