Health Care Delivery Reform and the Role of Nurses

Impact on Consumers, Payers and Providers

On Wednesday, July 28, 2010, the Center to Champion Nursing in America's Coalition members came together to discuss health care and the future of nursing from the consumer, business, and payer and provider perspectives.

The Initiative on the Future of Nursing's (IFN) Vice Chair Linda Burnes Bolton and Director Sue Hassmiller spoke at the event to highlight the work of the IFN. John Rother, AARP executive vice president for Policy and Strategy, also spoke to the group on "where we need to go in health care delivery—and why that will require a much larger role for the nursing profession.”

According to Rother, the success of health reform depends on innovations in delivery that increase efficiency while maintaining quality, and nurses should play a major role in making health care reform work for patients, for providers, and for payers. He noted that the new health care law takes some important steps in the right direction, "but it doesn’t go far enough."