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ANA: Care coordination should be reimbursed

The federal government, healthcare insurers and other healthcare financing systems should acknowledge the central role of RNs in providing effective care coordination services, according to a position statement from the American Nurses Association.

These services should be fully funded to improve healthcare quality and patient outcomes and reduce costs through a more efficient use of resources, the ANA stated. Care coordination must be defined, measured and documented by healthcare financing systems to create direct financial and systemic incentives for the function.