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Disciplines: Nursing
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Patricia M. Noga, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Peer Reviewer(s): Catherine Turner, BSN, MBA, RN-BC
Item#: N1901
Contents: 1 Course Book (56 pages)
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The Business of Health Care

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Item # N1901
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Release Date: January 7, 2019

Expiration Date: January 31, 2022

As the cost of healthcare in the United States continues to rise, changes to healthcare reimbursement have focused on the movement from fee-for-service payment to various reformed payment models. This course provides nurses with a foundation of the elements comprising the business of the healthcare industry, including how care is reimbursed. An overview of the current state of healthcare organizations and healthcare quality is provided as is content related to the cost of care, healthcare reform, care transitions, and consumer engagement. Enhanced awareness of the evolving healthcare industry in the effort to improve patient outcomes is essential for the nurse in any setting.

Course Objectives

  • Discuss the definition and goals of value-based care in the United States.
  • Discuss the financial impact of health care on the U.S. economy and how it compares with that of other high-income countries.
  • Identify factors that influence nursing clinical practice.
  • Identify methods for measuring clinical quality outcomes in value-based health care.
  • Discuss the effects of healthcare reform on healthcare consumers and providers.
  • Discuss two models of healthcare delivery and healthcare payments.


Patricia M. Noga, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, received her associate in liberal arts degree from Elmira College, her bachelor of science in nursing from Skidmore College, her master of business administration from Suffolk University, and her doctoral degree in health policy from the University of Massachusetts. She is American Nurses Credentialing Center board certified in nursing administration advanced and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Noga provides leadership expertise and effectiveness related to professional practice and health policy issues, quality and patient safety, public health issues, and the healthcare workforce. She is nationally recognized as an advocate for healthcare quality and safety, uniquely focusing on transparency and placing critically important information in the hands of consumers. Dr. Noga serves as an expert resource to nurse leaders on how to understand, influence, and implement policy. She has provided strategic direction, leadership, and support to healthcare organizations through her roles as vice president of clinical affairs for the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association, chief retention officer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and clinical director of inpatient services and nursing at Tufts Medical Center, among others.

Patricia Noga has disclosed that she has no significant financial or other conflicts of interest pertaining to this course book.

Catherine Turner, BSN, MBA, RN-BC, is associate vice president at MEDITECH and responsible for all clinical implementations. She works closely with healthcare executives to ensure electronic health record adoption in accordance with best practices. With a passion for ensuring clinicians take advantage of technology to provide safer care while optimizing workflows, Ms. Turner works with her dedicated team to ensure success is achieved. Since joining MEDITECH in 1991, she has lent her expertise to the implementation, development, and marketing efforts for MEDITECH clinical solutions.

Ms. Turner is well known as a leader in the nursing informatics community. She is the director of MEDITECH’s Nurse Informatics Program and spearheads the annual Nurse Conference. She is the current co-chair of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Nursing Informatics Officer Vendor Roundtable Summit, a member of the Corporate Advisory Board for the American Nurses Foundation, and a member the American Nursing Informatics Association and represents MEDITECH’s Nursing Informatics Program for the Alliance for Nursing Informatics. Ms. Turner has been a reviewer for a number of publications, a presenter at nationwide conferences, and a past content expert for American Health Information Management Association publications. She is an adjunct professor at Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, and the University of Miami, Florida.

Catherine Turner has disclosed that she has no significant financial or other conflicts of interest pertaining to this course book.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.