Thursday, September 9, 2010

What Opportunities Exist for Nursing in the Affordable Care Act?

That is the question that a panel of experts will be discussing at next week's INQRI meeting.  Moderated by health journalist Nancy Shute (contributing editor for U.S. News and World Report), the panel will feature:
  • Elizabeth McGlynn, INQRI National Advisory Committee Member and Associate Director for RAND Health at the RAND Corporation
  • Linda Aiken, INQRI National Advisory Committee Member and Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Maryjoan Ladden, Senior Program Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Andy Hyman, Team Director for the Coverage team at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
We will provide updates after their panel discussion next Wednesday and you can also follow along with the discussion on Twitter by using hashtag #INQRI2010.
Click below to learn more about our panel.

Moderator: Nancy Shute, M.S.L.

Nancy Shute is a contributing editor at U.S. News & World Report, where she has covered a broad range of health issues, including innovations in healthcare delivery, safety, and quality, pandemic influenza, SARS, anthrax, vaccine supply, and public health law. She writes the On Parenting blog on, and also contributes to Scientific American, National Geographic, and Kaiser Health News. Shute also teaches science writing at Johns Hopkins University’s Advanced Academic Programs.

Prior to joining U.S. News in 1997, she was a correspondent for Outside magazine and contributed to many other publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Smithsonian, New Republic, and National Review. As a Fulbright Scholar, she founded the first bilingual independent newspaper in Kamchatka, Russia, in 1993. Shute graduated magna cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor’s in English literature and received a master’s from Yale Law School in 1980. She is president-elect of the National Association of Science Writers.

Elizabeth A. McGlynn, Ph.D.

Elizabeth A. McGlynn is an Associate Director of RAND Health and holds the RAND Distinguished Chair in Health Care Quality. RAND Health, a division of RAND, is the nation’s largest independent health policy research program, with a broad research portfolio that focuses on health care quality assessment and improvement; health economics, organization and finance; health promotion and disease prevention; global health; and, public health preparedness. In her role as Associate Director, Dr. McGlynn is responsible for strategic development and oversight of the research portfolio and for external dissemination and communications of the findings of RAND Health research.

Dr. McGlynn is an internationally known expert on methods for evaluating the appropriateness and technical quality of health care delivery. She has conducted research on the appropriateness with which a variety of surgical and diagnostic procedures are used in the U.S. and in other countries. She led the development of a comprehensive method for evaluating the technical quality of care delivered to adults and children. The method was used in a national study of the quality of care delivered to U.S. adults and children. One article reporting the findings for adults and published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2003 received the Article of the Year award from AcademyHealth in 2004.

Dr. McGlynn is leading RAND Health’s COMPARE initiative, which has developed a comprehensive method for evaluating health reform proposals. The COMPARE initiative launched a website ( in January 2009 to provide widespread and timely access to the analyses conducted as part of the project. She has also conducted research on the methodological and policy issues associated with implementing measures of efficiency and effectiveness of care at the individual physician level for payment and public reporting. A recent article on issues with the reliability and misclassification potential was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Dr. McGlynn is a member of the Institute of Medicine and serves on a variety of national advisory committees. She is the chair of the Board of AcademyHealth. She is vice chair of the Board of the Providence-Little Company of Mary Hospital Service Area in Southern California. She is on the board of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation. She serves on the editorial boards for Health Services Research and Milbank Quarterly and is a reviewer for many leading journals.

Dr. McGlynn received her B.A. in international political economy from Colorado College, her M.P.P. from the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and her Ph.D. in public policy from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

Linda H. Aiken, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN

Linda Aiken conducts research on the outcomes of nursing care in the United States and around the world. She directs the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, and is The Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor of Nursing and Sociology, and Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Aiken directs a large NIH T32 Advanced Research Training Program in Health Outcomes which has many successful alumni who are funded researchers at a variety of universities and research organizations. She has won numerous awards for her research including the AcademyHealth Distinguished Investigator and Article of the Year awards and the Individual Codman Award from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations for her leadership utilizing performance measures to demonstrate relationships between nursing care and patient outcomes.

Maryjoan D. Ladden, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN

Maryjoan D. Ladden is a nurse practitioner whose work has focused on improving health care quality and safety through health professional collaboration. As a Senior Program Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, her work focuses on several critical areas in nursing in New Jersey and nationally: faculty recruitment and education to increase the capacity of nursing programs; developing collaborative partnerships to address local nursing issues; creating the next generation of academic nurse leaders; and building senior executive leaders in nursing. She also is senior editor for the Foundation’s quarterly publication, Charting Nursing’s Future.

Ladden welcomes her role at RWJF as “an opportunity to shape nursing issues and policies and to work on the intersection of nursing and health and health care on a national scope.” Seeking to “make a difference in nursing nationwide by improving the synergy between programs,” she views her work as a unique opportunity to build a diverse and well-trained leadership in health and health care.

Prior to joining the Foundation in 2008, she served as interim Chief Programs Officer of the American Nurses Association (ANA), providing strategic direction, integration and coordination for ANA programs. She has also held several senior leadership positions at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. These included assistant professor of Ambulatory Care and Prevention at Harvard Medical School; director of the Office of Continuing Professional Education; director, Medicare Education Partnership; co-director of Current Clinical Issues in Primary Care, the largest inter-professional continuing education program in the world and two RWJF national programs, Partnerships for Quality Education (PQE) and Achieving Competence Today (ACT).

She received a Ph.D. in Nursing from Boston College, an M.S. from the University of Rochester, and a B.S. from the University of Connecticut. Among her many distinctions; Ladden is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, an alum of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows program 2004–2007, and a Boston College School of Nursing Distinguished Scholar. She received the Pfizer Advanced Practice Nurse Award for Exceptional Contributions to Health Care, and three Diamond Awards for superior achievement from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. She has written numerous articles, book chapters, guides and manuals and has presented both nationally and internationally on issues related to quality, safety and systems improvement in health care.

Andrew D. Hyman, J.D.

Andrew D. Hyman, team director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Coverage Team, is responsible for developing and executing strategies designed to achieve the Foundation’s goal of securing for all Americans meaningful access to health care coverage. He recognizes that “the promise of equal opportunity in this country is empty while we permit millions to be uninsured.” Having joined the Foundation in 2006 as a senior program officer in the Health Care Group, he and the Coverage Team work with policy-makers, researchers and advocates to help our nation’s leaders craft and enact policies designed to expand coverage.

Hyman came to the Foundation after serving as director of Government Relations and Legislative Counsel for the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, which represents the public mental health systems in every state. In that role, he sought to advance policies that secure positive health outcomes and full community participation for individuals with mental disorders.

Prior to his work in the mental health field, from 1998–2001 Hyman was the deputy director and then director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), serving as Secretary Donna Shalala’s liaison to state, local, and tribal governments. His work at HHS also included efforts to combat tobacco use and to implement state children’s health insurance programs. He began his service at HHS as the special assistant to the general counsel in 1993.

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