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Nursing Alumna Discusses Health Care Reform
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Ann Scanlon McGinity and SaraAnn Scanlon McGinity ’72, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, Chief Operating Officer at Houston Methodist Global Health Care Services, gave a presentation to Seton Hall University nursing faculty, administration and New York metro health care executives entitled Health Care System Reform and Its Impact on the National and Global Workforce: Re-Visioning the Work of Nursing.

Scanlon McGinity was in New Jersey to speak at the SHU nursing convocation, which took place at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, NJ. Scanlon McGinity cited the recent Institute of Medicine report, which envisioned a future health care system that rewards value, not volume.

She spoke about expanding nursing faculty, increasing the capacity of nursing schools, and redesigning nursing education to assure that it can produce an adequate number of well-prepared nurses able to meet current and future health care demands.

Scanlon McGinity noted that cost is a key driver in shifting the way we look at health care. Other global industries have analyzed consumer data and tailored their messaging to better hit their target audience. The health care industry has been slow to use actual data to improve their communication and services, but they have recognized the need to do so.

Scanlon McGinity suggested a possible collaboration between health care organizations and insurance companies to use resources more efficiently. "Insurance companies know exactly how much money they spend per patient. It is estimated that in the shift to value, more than $500 billion will be saved through the reduction of low-value added activities," noted Scanlon McGinity.

As consumers become empowered to take charge of their health care, the industry will change to meet their needs. Scanlon McGinity states that, "Baby boomers are leading the way with a focus on wellness care, nutrition and fitness." She estimates that consumers, armed with $600 billion in purchasing power will be shopping for their health care on public and private exchanges.

One of the ways the industry has changed is via the patient-centered medical home model (PCMH), a system endorsed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, which reorganizes primary care delivery. PCMH models will provide comprehensive, patient-centered, coordinated, accessible quality care, with an eye to key safety measures. Nurse practitioners will provide a large percentage of primary health care services within the PCMH setting.

Prior to this role, Dr. Scanlon McGinity served as Senior Vice President of Operations and Chief Nurse Executive of Houston Methodist Hospital for ten years leading it to ANCC Magnet recognition since 2002. Dr. Scanlon McGinity is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry with the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine, Adjunct Professor at The University of Texas School of Nursing and Clinical Professor at The University of Texas Medical Branch, School of Nursing, Galveston, Texas.

About Seton Hall University College of Nursing
Seton Hall University College of Nursing offered the first baccalaureate nursing program in New Jersey in 1937 and is CCNE-accredited through June of 2019. The graduate program was established in 1975 and the Ph.D. program opened in 2006. US News and World Report ranks Seton Hall University College of Nursing as one of the top graduate nursing programs in the country. The College of Nursing’s mission is to educate baccalaureate-prepared generalists and advanced practitioners of nursing who aspire to be innovators and leaders in the nursing profession.

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