Nurse-led medical-legal partnerships (MLPs) incorporate lawyers into the health care team to overcome barriers to patient health. When patients access more solutions to health problems, they have healthier lives, families, and communities.
Nurse-led health centers provide our nation’s most vulnerable populations with access to high-quality, affordable health care. NNCC recognizes health is impacted not only by bio-medical factors but also by the social and physical environments in which patients live. This is why NNCC’s network of nurse-managed health clinics are incorporating new ways to meet the needs of communities they serve.
NNCC also manages a local program based on MLPs, the Nursing-Legal Partnership.
NNCC monitors state laws and legislation to identify opportunities for nurse-led care. One of the top priorities is supporting full-practice authority for nurse practitioners.
2017 State Guide to NP Prescriptive Authority and Physician Practice (pdf)
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NNCC is a national leader advocating for nurse-led care. The NNCC Policy Team provides up-to-date information and education on issues that affect nurse-managed health centers. Our team ensures nurse leaders have a seat at the table with insurers, policymakers, and business leaders.
NNCC advocates for nurse-led health care to improve access to care for vulnerable populations and eliminate health disparities. A primary area of focus is nurse-managed health clinics.
Nurse-managed health clinics provide a full range of health services, including primary care, health promotion, and disease prevention, to low-income, underinsured, and uninsured clients. Approximately 58% of nurse-managed health clinics patients are either uninsured, Medicaid recipients, or self-pay. In addition to providing health care, nurse-managed health clinics in both educational and community settings play an important role in training the next generation of nurses, physicians, and other allied health professionals.
The National Nurse-Led Care Consortium is providing the Safe and Healthy Homes Program, funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Services are available in Philadelphia and Delaware counties. This program works in partnership with several agencies in the region and strives to reduce illness and injury caused by home health and safety hazards such as fire and fall hazards, asthma triggers, and lead.
The main activity of this program is to provide free primary prevention home visiting services to reduce risks associated with unhealthy homes.
Do you know a family who could benefit from our services? Please click the button below, complete the PDF form, and send it to us to refer a client to our services.Refer a client to the Safe and Healthy Homes Program
Every participating household will receive:
Households with an asthmatic resident will receive supplies to aid in asthma trigger reduction, such as mattress and pillow covers. In addition, safety supplies such as first aid kits, drawer latches, and furniture anchors may be provided to households, as needed.
NNCC and its partners expect to serve approximately 375 households with primary prevention activities annually.
National Cooperative Agreement
A culture of continuous learning and improvement begins at the top with committed, supportive leadership. It extends through an established quality infrastructure to all levels of the clinical staff via an approved quality roadmap. QI makes use of healthcare data via information technology to measure progress towards clearly defined goals and objectives.
NNCC’s Nurse-Managed Health Clinic Quality Certification recognizes nurse-managed health clinics that meet the quality standards established by the Quality Task Force.
Improving quality and efficiency of medical care services has become a major priority for health clinics. Payments from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are tied to quality standards. CMS also offers incentives for providers who deliver high-quality, coordinated care.
Nurse-Managed Health Clinics that apply for and are awarded the certification are demonstrating their commitment to measuring and improving quality of care and service.Apply for the Clinic Quality Certification
This certification program can help your clinic obtain a competitive advantage in the health care marketplace, and improve the quality of care your patients receive. Certification may also help nurse-managed health clinics seeking insurance contacts and negotiating reimbursement rates.
This certification process will help health clinics identify strengths, weaknesses, and provide feedback from impartial external quality review professionals.
The Quality Task Force includes the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium, the Institute for Nursing Centers, and the Nursing Centers Research Network.
Nursing, with its focus on service and patient-centered care, is a social good that improves the health of individuals as well as the community as a whole. Nurse-led practices operate as community partners that make use of local resources to support patients, other service providers, and their practice. NNCC can help practices address social determinants of health, such as food insecurity and safe housing, to help improve patient health outcomes and mitigate barriers to care.
Nurse-led practices must be financially viable in order to sustain themselves and serve their patient populations. NNCC education and training supports practices throughout the lifecycle from business planning and development, to practice transformation and payment reform. This includes making the most of practice revenue for expanded, innovative services and health information technology to drive efficiency of operations.
NNCC Training services support clinicians as they seek to deliver patient-centered, evidence-based care through the coordinated provision of services on the part of interdisciplinary, cohesive care teams. NNCC training services are meant to support a culture of continuous learning and quality improvement for all members of the care team.
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