Horizon Healthcare Innovations announced Wednesday the formation of an educational partnership with Duke University School of Nursing and Rutgers University College of Nursing for a new type of training for nurses.
The 12-week course, which involves face-to-face and online sessions, trains nurses to become population-care coordinators, the cornerstone of patient-centered medical homes.
Dr. Richard Popiel, president and chief operating officer of HHI, an offshoot of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, said the training is to help nurses change the economic model of practices from the number of patient visits to results-based patient care.
“The whole concept around patient-centered medical home changed from a fee-for-service, volume-oriented way of engaging patients to a value-orientation,” Popiel said. “Team-based care, patient-centered care, infrastructure to support better comprehensive care and an orientation toward population management — the way they can do that is to have somebody focused on population management.”