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Healthcare organizations around the country have experienced a growing demand for advanced clinical practitioners (ACPs) in recent years. Carolinas HealthCare System has taken a leading role in confronting this challenge.
What is an ACP?
ACPs are well-trained, highly-skilled providers who are increasingly playing an active role in patient care delivery.
ACPs that will benefit from the Center for Advanced Practice include nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and certified registered nurse anesthetists, among others.
It is initiating one of the nation’s first comprehensive centers for advanced care practitioners to better meet the needs of patients and providers in today’s ever-changing healthcare environment.
The Center for Advanced Practice (CAP) will launch this spring. It uses a three-pronged approach to improve the recruitment, retention and training of ACPs. The new program’s robust, curriculum-based clinical training will produce more confident, successful ACPs working in our hospitals – which will make the entire care team stronger.
“By embracing this streamlined, team-based approach to patient care, physicians and ACPs together will help transform Carolinas HealthCare System from a volume-based enterprise to a value-driven system,” said Chris Teigland, MD, medical director of CAP and co-chair of the ACP fellowship program. “This model is the way of the future in healthcare.”
Ultimately, optimizing the role of ACPs and embracing this team-based care model will improve productivity, care coordination, clinical outcomes and patient experience, while reducing readmissions and cost trends. Additionally, the system’s culture will be enhanced by more satisfied providers.
Paul Franz, executive vice president of Carolinas HealthCare System’s Physician Services Group, was a strong advocate for developing the CAP.
“This initiative is a win-win for everyone,” he said. “Not only will this team-based model allow providers to spend more time practicing at the highest level of their specialty, it will also enable physician leaders to use their strong inter-professional skills to shape and optimize our healthcare teams to ensure we provide the highest quality care.”