As Accountable Care Organizations Proliferate,
Massachusetts Hospital Association – The Geneia Institute to Train Care Coordinators to Help ACOs Succeed
BOSTON, MA – The Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA), The Geneia Institute and Villanova University College of Nursing jointly announce an innovative, 10-week program to train nurses and social workers to become effective care coordinators within accountable care organizations.
“As a leader in the movement to improve healthcare quality and cost, Massachusetts has one of the highest concentrations of accountable care organizations in the country. We know that care coordinators – clinicians who work closely with patients and their healthcare team to close gaps in care -- are one of the critical success factors for ACOs, and that’s why the Massachusetts Hospital Association is leading the way by offering this ground-breaking program,” said Lynn Nicholas, MHA’s President & CEO.
MHA’s unique 10-week program, “Coordinating Care in a Fragmented System,” will provide clinicians with expert training and the skills to help their organizations move successfully towards accountable care. The program, which begins on September 24th and combines in-person and online learning, will teach clinicians how to effectively manage populations to improve health outcomes and patient satisfaction, while also reducing costs.
The Geneia Institute and Villanova University College of Nursing will co-provide the program. The Geneia Institute is a flagship program of Geneia, a national healthcare innovations company specializing in the development and deployment of clinical, technical and analytic solutions for healthcare. Villanova University is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation.
“Nationally, we have seen the number of accountable care organizations double to nearly 500 in the past year,” said Heather Lavoie, President of Geneia. “That’s why The Geneia Institute created a state-of-the-art course to train care coordinators to succeed in all types of accountable care settings. We’re proud to partner with MHA to offer this course first to those clinicians at the leading edge of the efforts to improve healthcare quality and cost.”
The 10-week program builds upon the success of two day-long population management programs that MHA and The Geneia Institute provided to healthcare professionals this summer. One participant, a case management manager at a major health system, said “The future is here. This program is what we need to do for our patients now in order to provide the best care.”