Randomized clinical trials and observational studies have demonstrated the positive effects of multidisciplinary teams on heart failure (HF) readmissions. Many believe that such teams require the presence of an advanced practice nurse specializing in HF. Catholic Healthcare Partners (CHP) demonstrated that the deployment of Heart Failure Advocates (HFA), non-advanced practice nurses specially trained to promote guideline-based care, can result in significant reductions in both HF hospitalizations and associated costs.
Casey, Jr, MD, MPH, MBA, FACP, Donald E.
"Heart Failure Advocates Reduce Hospitalizations and Readmissions for Heart Failure,"
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3, Article 4.
Available at: http://jdc.jefferson.edu/pehc/vol1/iss3/4