Earlier this morning, Jennifer Lubell, of AISHealth.com, detailed the growing importance of nurses in the ACO model of care. These "embedded nurses", or care coordinators, have been found to be an essential part of the ACO framework as they improve patient outcomes by providing a significant communication link between the patient and physician. Insurance companies, including Cigna and Aetna, have touted the care coordinator role as a key contributor to improved patient outcomes.
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