ANA Hosts Meeting to Promote Quality in Electronic Health Documentation

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09/28/11
The American Nurses Association (ANA), as part of a coalition to promote nurse involvement in the development of quality measures for electronic health record (EHR) documentation, hosted a conference at its Silver Spring, MD, headquarters on September 13-14, "Tipping Point 2 – A Blueprint for Action: Demonstrating Care Coordination in All Settings with HIT Enabled Pressure Ulcer Quality Measures."

ANA CEO Marla Weston, PhD, RN, explained the importance of the meeting: “It provided a unique opportunity for the nursing profession to devise strategies for including nursing-sensitive quality measures in health IT—with the ultimate goal of improving patient safety and raising awareness about the contributions of nurses.”

The Tipping Point 2 meeting included informational sessions led by guest speakers from several federal agencies, including Jack Jordan, deputy director, Partnership for Patients, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)/Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI); Kate Goodrich, medical director, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE); and Leah Marcotte and Geoffrey Gerhardt, representatives from the Office of the National Coordinator for Information Technology (ONC).

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