July 01, 2015

JSN Dean and Professor Invited to Serve as Member of National Quality Forum Committee

Jefferson College of Nursing Dean and Professor Beth Ann Swan, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, was invited to serve as a member of the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Care Coordination Steering Committee for the Care Coordination Measure Endorsement Maintenance project. She was nominated by the Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses (AMSN) and the American Nurses Association.

“I am honored to be selected to serve as a member of this committee,” said Swan. “My hope is to participate in a robust multi-stakeholder committee to provide expertise and guidance for measure development and endorsement, assist with identifying potential concepts and measures for consideration; and develop recommendations for submission to HHS.”

Swan initially became involved through her advocacy for the improvement of care coordination and transition management. The NQF recognizes the increasing need of care coordination for successful healthcare systems and improved patient outcomes. In addition to increased quality of care for patients, the Institute of Medicine has estimated that $240 billion could be saved from improved care coordination. Furthermore, care coordination could prevent a wide range of adverse results, such as incomplete or inaccurate transfer of information, lack of follow up and poor communication.

Swan recently published a chapter in a book titled Care Coordination: The Game Changer, with Sheila Haas, PhD, RN, FAAN, a professor at the Marcella Niehoff College of Nursing at Loyola University Chicago. The book is published by the American Nurses Association. Swan and Haas are also currently editing Core Curriculum for Care Coordination and Transition Management, a book published by Anthony J. Jannetti Publications, Inc.