Nursing: The Business of Health Care

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About Course #N1901

Release Date: January 7, 2019

Expiration Date: March 29, 2021

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.

About the Author(s)

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.

Course Disclosures

  • 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.

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