NUR 533 Discussion Hot Spotting

NUR 533 Discussion Hot Spotting

NUR 533 Discussion Hot Spotting

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FinanceThe article The Hot Spotters (Links to an external site.)Links to
an external Atul Gwande, describes a unique and innovative approach to
understanding the high cost of care across a vulnerable population that lives
with health disparities. The definition of Hot Spotting is,

Healthcare hot spotting is a data-driven process for the timely
identification of extreme patterns in a defined region of the healthcare
system. It is used to guide targeted intervention and follow-up to better
address patient needs, improve care quality, and reduce cost. Most often the
data in question are hospital reimbursement claims that are continuously
produced, standardized by an operational imperative, and bring together
high-stakes diagnostic, temporal, financial, spatial, and demographic data in a
single set of records. Through hot spotting, claims data can help reveal both a
community’s healthcare problems and their solutions (Gwande, n.d. ).

Hotspotting can be used in many regions of the health care system; this
type of data analysis can be used to collect evidence and drive change in
health care in many settings, across many populations. Of interest is the
potential for the master’s prepared nurse to participate as member of a “Hot
Spotting” team, in a particular health care setting and the type of knowledge
and skill this nurse will need to be effective in this role.

To prepare for this discussion, please complete all required reading and
viewing, including the Module Notes, prior to continuing. Reading the article
on Hotspotting as well as viewing the website, is necessary. You may also want
to review the reading and viewing from Modules 4 and 5 and 6, as well as any
other readings referenced within the notes for Module 7.

NUR 533 Discussion Hot Spotting
NUR 533 Discussion Hot Spotting

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You are a master’s prepared nurse working in a community based health
clinic in an inner city (part of a larger health system) with a population of
older adults who experience multiple health disparities, including poverty. The
health system wants to enhance the care delivered to this population, achieve
better care outcomes, and lower costs. You are directed to work as part of an
interdisciplinary team to do this. The team consists of physicians, social
workers, MSNs, RNs, community advocates and policy makers. You’ve been directed
to take a “Hotspotting” approach to accomplish the desired outcomes.

Include the following information in your post:

Describe your role as a master’s prepared nurse in this interdisciplinary

What knowledge and skills will you bring to the team? (Hint: think about
leadership, communication, and clinical skills.)

Why it is important to have a master’s prepared nurse on the team?

Why is an interdisciplinary approach to this issue necessary?

As a member of this interdisciplinary team, describe the data you need to
collect in order to understand and address the problem.

How would you go about collecting the data to formulate an intervention?
Note: Think about health care costs, finance, reimbursement, care utilization,
etc. The resources on Hotspotting will be useful here.

Identify an important and pertinent policy issue that you believe would
need to be addressed to effectively achieve the desired outcomes. (For example,
if the population were children with diabetes the policy issue could be funding
for health school lunches.) Explain how this policy issue relates to the

For your initial response, please be sure to address all of the above
statements and/ or questions.

Use these EC Library and OWL resources for research assistance and to
properly cite your work:

Master’s in Nursing Research Guide (Links to an external site.)Links to
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Excelsior Library Writing Help (Links to an external site.)Links to an
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Excelsior College Online Writing Lab (OWL) (Links to an external
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faculty to generate scholarly dialogue. Expectations for participation in the
course discussions are described under the Discussion Rubric: Exploration,
Spirit of Inquiry, and Engagement (interactions) when relating your
experiences, opinions, viewpoints, and ideas supported by evidence.

Consult the Discussion Posting Guide for information about writing your
discussion posts. It is recommended that you write your post in a document
first. Check your work and correct any spelling or grammatical errors. When you
are ready to make your initial post, click “Reply.” Then copy/paste
the text into the message field, and click “Post Reply.”

To respond to a peer, click “Reply” beneath her or his post and continue
as with an initial post.


This discussion will be graded using the discussion board rubric. Please
review this rubric, located on the Rubrics page within the Start Here module of
the course, prior to beginning your work to ensure your participation meets the
criteria in place for this discussion. All discussions combined are worth 40%
of your final course grade.


Gawande, A. (2011, January 24). The hot spotters (Links to an external
site.)Links to an external site.. The New Yorker, 86, 41. Camden Coalition of
Healthcare Providers. (n.d.). Introduction: What is hotspotting? Camden
Coalition of Healthcare Providers. Retrieved from

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