“We learned how hospital reimbursement will be affected by the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care), value based purchasing (VBP), and the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program,” reports 1199SEIU RN Contract Administrator Debbie Friedland of an October 21 presentation by the Labor Management Project’s research team at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital’s 17th annual Distinguished Nurse Lecture Series. “The OLD way of reimbursement was based on the QUANTITY of services provided – the NEW way will be based on the QUALITY of services provided.” The theme of this year’s nurse lecture series, which was held at Lawrence Country Club in Lawrence, New York, was The Future of Nursing: Growth, Changes & Possibilities, and Healthcare Reform.

Riding a great wave of energy in the room created by the morning’s keynote speaker, the LMP’s Marcia Mayfield, Latisha Thomas, and Samonne Montgomery delivered their presentation, How Success is Measured: Understanding the Metrics that Drive Hospital & PPS Payments to approximately 80 RNs. Topics covered included:

  • Healthcare reform and the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act
  • Value-based purchasing
  • Readmission penalties
  • Hospital-acquired conditions penalties
  • The Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program
  • Labor-Management collaboration

The three were invited to present by an RN from St. John’s Episcopal who had attended their workshop at the Labor Management Project’s Healthcare Reform 2.0 Conference: Making the SHIFT to a Culture of Health.

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