New Sigma book provides a common-sense approach to learning about care delivery in a community setting

Early praise for INSPIREd Healthcare: A Value-Based Care Coordination Model:

INSPIREd Healthcare is a brilliant case study in ‘hope’ for the American healthcare system. Billie Allard and her team have creatively hacked through the thicket of financial reimbursement, bureaucracy, and culture to forge a clear path to value-based, quality care. Follow them!”

–Kathleen Bartholomew, MN, RN
Nurse Leader, Author, and Speaker

“Nurses represent the largest segment of the healthcare workforce and are present in almost every environment in which healthcare is delivered. For true healthcare reform to take place, nurses must be active co-leaders, and the INSPIRE Model demonstrates this leadership. This well-organized book, full of resources, will guide you in using clear recommendations and best practices, with real examples that lead to impressive results. An inspiring book by a truly remarkable nurse leader.”

–Amanda Stefancyk Oberlies, PhD, MBA, RN
Chief Executive Officer
Organization of Nurse Leaders – MA, RI, NH, CT, VT 

Book cover for INSPIREd Healthcare. Illustration of steps going up with the words from bottom to top: Identify, Negotiate, Study, Partner, Implement, Review, and Expand.INDIANAPOLIS — As healthcare costs continue to outpace the economy, healthcare systems are shifting from fee-for-service to a value-based payment system to deliver high-quality care and reduce costs. This shift presents an opportunity for nurses to take the lead in transforming care delivery and improve patient experience while reducing costs.

Filled with practical content for both clinical and academic settings, INSPIREd Healthcare follows author Billie Lynn Allard and her team of nurses as they successfully implement an accountable community of health in pursuit of the Triple Aim goals: improving patient experience of care, improving health of populations, and reducing per capita healthcare costs. The INSPIRE Model they follow provides an evidence-based blueprint for other healthcare systems hoping to solve the complicated problems surrounding care transitions and health promotion.

“There is a pathway to success for value-based payment that empowers nurses to take the reins to deliver value based, person-centered care,” said author Billie Lynn Allard, MS, RN, FAAN. “It will be the most rewarding work of your career!”

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INSPIREd Healthcare: A Value-Based Care Coordination Model
By Billie Lynn Allard, MS, RN, FAAN
Published by Sigma, 2020
ISBN-13: 9781948057295
EPUB ISBN: 9781948057301
PDF ISBN: 9781948057318
MOBI ISBN: 9781948057325
Price: US $59.95
Trade paperback, 536 pages
Trim size: 7 3/8 x 9 1/8

About the author:
Billie Lynn Allard, MS, RN, FAAN, is the Administrative Director of Population Health and Transitions of Care at Southwestern Vermont Health Care. As an exceptional nursing leader for the past 35 years, Allard has spent her career leading innovation in community hospital settings, serving as Director of Cardiopulmonary Nursing, Director of the Emergency Department, and Chief Nursing Officer. Her visionary leadership style inspired nurses to function at the height of their capabilities, achieving 100% certification, implementing cutting-edge evidence-based practice, transforming care delivery, and improving patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes. In the past decade, Allard has led the implementation of an Accountable Community of Health as part of an all payer model in Vermont.

About Sigma:
The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, Sigma has more than 135,000 active members in over 100 countries and territories. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and others. Sigma’s more than 540 chapters are located at more than 700 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Eswatini, Ghana, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales.

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