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Mary Jean Schumann or Mina Shyu
Nursing Alliance for Quality Care (NAQC) 
sonmjs@gwumc.edu or mshyu@gwu.edu
202-994-3484 or 202-994-9660


Tuesday March 27, 2012 from 8:30 AM to 3:45 PM EDT

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Washington Court Hotel 
525 New Jersey Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20001



Valet parking is available for a fee at the hotel.  A parking service is also available across the street from the hotel. Another option is a large surface lot located at New Jersey and F Street.

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The Nursing Alliance for Quality Care and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners are pleased to invite you to a symposium that addresses the important opportunities and challenges posed for registered nurses and APRNs in the creation and implementation of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).

Speakers include Dr. Kavita Patel, Barbara Safreit, Joyce Dubow, Nancy O'Rourke and experts from several successful nurse managed health centers and health systems who are negotiating contracts with ACOs in their communities. Experts will address how to maintain the APRN scope of practice in the presence of ACOs, as well as how to carve out and gain recognition of important roles for registered nurses within the various ACO models. Learn not only about multiple models of ACOs, but also how you can strategize to make them work for you, whether you are an APRN or a RN.

Symposium Goals: This symposium will provide accurate, in depth information to nurse leaders, nurses and advanced practice registered nurses regarding the challenges, opportunities and strategies for working next to and within accountable care organizations. Recognizing that APRNs' scope of practice can be restricted in such environments, presentations will include legal experts and APRNs who have been addressing these challenges in their communities and states.  For nurse leaders and RNs who are looking to explore how to increase the impact of nurses in ACOs, this symposium offers the opportunity to have a specific breakout discussion focused on addressing additional roles, ethical dilemmas, and legal risks.

Intended Audience: Advanced practice registered nurses, registered nurses, chief nurse executives, nurse entrepreneurs, health administrators, and policy makers. 

Learning Objectives - Participants will be able to:
1.  Describe at least 3 different models of ACOs.
2.  Describe at least two implications for their own practice that result from establishment of         an ACO in their community.
3.  Share two or more challenges/barriers along with possible solutions that could arise from         working within or near an ACO.

Successful Completion of this Continuing Nursing Education Activity:
In order to receive full contact-hour credit for this CNE activity, you must:
1.  Sign the roster with your name and contact information,
2.  Attend the entire activity, and
3.  Complete and submit the Evaluation Form(s) as directed before you leave at the conclusion

General fee: $195    
Webcast (per-site fee): $250
(Special rate for solo practitioners. Please contact Mina Shyu at 202.994.9660 for details). 
Click on "Register Now" above to register for this event.

An application is being made for contact hours to be awarded for this continuing education activity through the AMERICAN ACADEMY OF NURSE PRACTITIONERS, and through the MARYLAND NURSES ASSOCIATION, accredited as an approver by The American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

For more information, Dr. Mary Jean Schumann, Executive Director at 202.994.3484, sonmjs@gwumc.edu or Mina Shyu, Program Assistant, at 202.994.9660, mshyu@gwu.edu

Support for this project was provided by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation



Nursing Leadership in ACOs
Opportunities, Challenges and Strategies
March 27, 2012
Washington Court Hotel 


Coffee and tea will be provided.


Mary Jean Schumann, DNP, MBA, RN, CPNP, Executive Director, Nursing Alliance for Quality Care
Penny Kaye Jensen, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, FAANP, President, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Michael Painter, MD, JD, Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Consumer/Patient Expectations of an ACO
Joyce Dubow, Senior Director, Health Care Reform, AARP

9:45am-10:00am Break

Unraveling the Mysteries of ACO Models
Kavita Patel, MD, MSHS, Managing Director for Clinical Transformation and Delivery, Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform; Fellow, The Brookings Institution


Final Rule: Implications for APRNs, RNs and Patients
Terri Postma, MD, Medical Officer, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services

12:00pm-12:45pm Lunch

Breakout Panel 1: Maintaining APRN Scope of Practice in the Presence of ACOs

  • Wendy Wright, MS, APRN, FNP, FAANP
  • Kathleen Kidder, MSN, FNP-BC
  • Thomas Mackey, PhD, ARNP-BC, FAAN, FAANP
  • Barbara Safriet, JD, LLM
  • Nancy O'Rourke, MS, APRN BC

Breakout Panel 2: Reframing the Roles of RNs in an ACO Environment

  • Sheila Johnson, RN, MBA
  • Susan Kendig, JD, MSN
  • Lauri Lineweaver, MSN, RN, CCRN-CSC
  • Mary Jean Schumann, DNP, MBA, RN, CPNP



Closing Plenary
Wrap-Up: Developing and Implementing a Nursing Strategy for ACOs

  • Jan Towers, PhD, NP-C, CRFNP, FAANP, FAAN, Director of Health Policy/Federal Government & Professional Affairs, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • Joanne M. Pohl, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN, FAANP, Professor Emerita, University of Michigan School of Nursing; Principal Investigator, Institute for Nursing Centers
  • Sean Lyon, MSN, FNP, APRN, FNP-BC, Patient Centered Medical Home Project Director, Life Long Care, PLLC
  • Barbara Safriet, JD, LLM, Visiting Professor of Health Law, Lewis and Clark Law School
  • Sue Kendig, JD, MSN, Coordinator, WHNP Program, University of Missouri-St. Louis; Consultant, Health Policy Advantage, LLC

Action Plan/Closing Remarks
Mary Jean Schumann, DNP, MBA, RN, CPNP
Executive Director, Nursing Alliance for Quality Care