Patient navigation not only creates a one-on-one connection for the patient, it serves as a low-cost investment that delivers significant value to care delivery ~ Jean-Pierre Stephan, Accenture Health Consumer and Services Strategy (TribLive, Business, February 13, 2013)
Slowly but surely, Patient Navigation is becoming a household word. The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Commission on Cancer issued new standards two years ago that will require cancer centers to offer patient-navigation services by 2015 to meet accreditation requirements, and the United States is paying attention! Administrators and executives at hospitals, community programs, major foundations (and more!) are all starting to understand the tremendous impact a PN program can have on not just chronic disease patients' lives, but also on their organization's bottom line. They are preparing to meet these new requirements and beginning to see the effectiveness. Just a few randomly chosen examples from the news:
Empire BlueCross Blue Shield today announced that additional resources to help cancer patients are in New York thanks to a $150,000 grant from its corporate foundation to the American Cancer Society. The funds are supporting the statewide expansion of the American Cancer Society’s Patient Navigator Program, as well as assisting in the creation of a Patient Navigator Center of Excellence.
Jordan Hospital follows national trends by providing patient navigators to help cancer patients make decisions on treatment and dealing with doctors.
St. Mary Medical Center announces the appointment of Ana B. Guzman, RN, BSN, Breast Cancer Navigator, to their Women’s Diagnostic Center in Hobart and Valparaiso. Guzman is responsible for guiding patients through the entire range of breast health procedures including performing ultrasound or stereotactic breast biopsies; educating patients on the importance of breast health; charting pathology reports to keep accurate information, and discussing the American Cancer Society’s guidelines with physicians and patients. She also serves as a patient liaison, helping women navigate health options relating to breast cancer diagnoses.
As part of Accenture's work in removing barriers to care, it has launched a patient navigator pilot with Highmark Foundation, a nonprofit focused on community health, at St. Vincent Health System in Erie, Penn., and Allegheny Valley in Pittsburgh. Announced on Feb. 5, the pilot project will involve certified health professionals in those Pennsylvania communities training patients on how to improve their care. "This initiative demonstrates the Highmark Foundation's commitment to improving and assuring access to quality health care for underserved populations in both urban and rural areas," Yvonne Cook, president of the Highmark Foundation, said in a statement. "Patient navigators have proven to be effective by enabling timely access to health care services."
The trend toward implementation of Patient Navigation programs is moving at lightening speed. Along with all of these new programs come some pretty tremendous job openings and career opportunities. This is where the HP Freeman Patient Navigation Institute plays a major part. If you, or anyone you know, want to become a Patient Navigator and make a change for the better... If you want to join in the exciting effort to learn how to help save lives on a daily basis, visit HPFPNI today!