Ellen T. Kurtzman PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN
Ellen T. Kurtzman, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, is a tenured associate professor of nursing and has been a part of GW’s faculty since 2007. Her primary research interests include the impact of federal policy on health care quality and the impact of nurses on higher value care. She has directed and served as lead investigator on several projects evaluating the impact on nurses of state and federal policy directions and reform efforts, especially those involving quality measurement, transparency and accountability. Dr. Kurtzman served as the National Center for Health Statistics/AcademyHealth Health Policy Fellow from 2014-2016, during which she examined primary care practitioners’ quality of care in community health centers with a special focus on the impact of state scope of practice policies on nurse practitioner-delivered care. Previously, she was the architect of national consensus standards for measuring nursing’s contribution to quality endorsed by the National Quality Forum (NQF). Dr. Kurtzman also led NQF’s national efforts to establish hospital and home health care quality and performance standards. From 2011 to 2012, was an affiliate scholar at the Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center. Serving as both a collaborator from 2007-2010 and Visiting Nurse Scholar from 2010-2011 with the New Courtland Center for Transitions and Health at The University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Kurtzman advanced and built policy support for a model of care for chronically ill elderly, referred to as the Transitional Care Model.
Dr. Kurtzman was one of only eight mid-career professionals selected to participate in the 2018-2019 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows program. She has been spending the year on Capitol Hill working on health-related legislative and regulatory issues with members of Congress and the executive branch. Learn more about Kurtzman’s work at RWJF Health Policy Fellows.
Before joining academia, Dr. Kurtzman served in senior capacities for large, national health services organizations including the American Health Care Association, National PACE Association, American Red Cross and The Partnership for Behavioral Healthcare. She was named a Senior Examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and Examiner for the U.S. Senate Productivity and Maryland Quality Awards. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, a founding member of the Phi Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International and was recently named a Robert Woods Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow.
- Founding Member — Sigma Theta Tau International, Phi Epsilon Chapter (2011)
- Nominee to Metrics for Better Care, Lower Costs, and Better Health Planning Committee — American Nurses Association, Institute of Medicine Core (2013)
- AcademyHealth Policy Fellow — National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) (2014 – 2016)
- Nominee to Advisory Panel on Improving Healthcare Systems — American Association of Colleges of Nursing, PCORI (2016)
- The Impact of Medicaid Expansion on Community Health Center Staffing (September 2016-August 2017). Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (Pittman PI; Kurtzman LOE 10%)
- Impact of Health Care Delivery System Innovations and Reform (September 2016-August 2017). Funded by the National Center for Health Statistics (Kurtzman LOE 20%)
- The George Washington University – Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy and Administration
- The Johns Hopkins University – Master of Public Health
- The University of Pennsylvania – Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- Kurtzman, E. T., Barnow, B. S., Johnson, J. E., Simmens, S. J., Infeld, D. L., & Mullan, F. (In press). Does the regulatory environment affect nurse practitioners’ patterns of practice or quality of care in health centers? Health Services Research.
- Lamb, G., Newhouse, R., Beverly, C., Toney, D. A., Cropley, S., Weaver, C. A., Kurtzman, E., Zazworsky, D., Rantz, M., Zierler, B., Naylor, M., Reinhard, S., Sullivan, C., Czubaruk, K., Weston, M., Dailey, M., Peterson, C.; Task Force Members. (2015). Policy agenda for nurse-led care coordination. Nursing Outlook, 63(4), 521-30.
- Kurtzman, E. T., & Greene, J. (2016). Effective presentation of health care performance information for consumer decision making: A systematic review. Patient Education and Counseling, 99(1), 36-43.
- Greene, J., Kurtzman, E. T., Hibbard, J. H., & Overton, V. (2015). Working under a clinic-level quality incentive: primary care clinicians’ perceptions. Annals of Family Medicine, 13(3), 235-241.
- Naylor, M. D., Kurtzman, E. T., Miller, E. A., Nadash, P., & Fitzgerald, P. (2015). An assessment of state-led reform of long-term services and supports. Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, 40(3), 531-574.
- Pittman, P. M., Kurtzman, E. T., & Johnson, J. E. (2014). Academic progression models in nursing: Design decisions faced by administrators in four case studies. Journal of Nursing Education, 53(6), 329-335.
- Naylor, M. D., Kurtzman, E. T., Grabowski, D. C., Harrington, C., McClellan, M., & Reinhard, S. C. (2012). Unintended consequences of steps to cut readmissions and reform payment may threaten care of vulnerable older adults. Health Affairs, 31(7), 1623-1632.
- Naylor, M. D., Aiken, L. H., Kurtzman, E. T., Olds, D. M., & Hirschman, K. B. (2011). The importance of transitional care in achieving health reform. Health Affairs, 30(4), 746-754.
- Kurtzman, E. T., O’Leary, D., Sheingold, B. H., Devers, K. J., Dawson, E. M., & Johnson, J. E. (2011). Performance-based payment incentives increase burden and blame for hospital nurses. Health Affairs, 30(2), 211-218.
Policy Reports and Issue Briefs
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The George Washington University. (2015, April). The value of nursing in building a culture of health (part 1): Reaching beyond traditional care settings to promote health where people live, learn, and play. Charting nursing future: Reports on policies that can transform care. Princeton, NJ: Authors.
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The George Washington University. (2015, January). Addressing the looming demand for care as Americans age: How nurses are reshaping long-term services and supports. Charting nursing future: Reports on policies that can transform care. Princeton, NJ: Authors.
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The George Washington University. (2014, September). Innovation in clinical nursing education: Retooling the old model for a 21st-century workforce. Charting nursing future: Reports on policies that can transform care. Princeton, NJ: Authors.
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The George Washington University. (2014, March). Ten years after Keeping Patients Safe: Have nurses’ work environments been Transformed? Charting nursing future: Reports on policies that can transform care. Princeton, NJ: Authors.
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The George Washington University. (2013, September). The case for academic progression: Why nurses should advance their education and the strategies that make this feasible. Charting nursing future: Reports on policies that can transform care. Princeton, NJ: Authors.
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The George Washington University. (2013, January). Celebrating a sustained commitment to improving health and health care through nursing: RWJF marks its 40th anniversary. Charting nursing future: Reports on policies that can transform care. Princeton, NJ: Authors.
- American Nurses Association (ANA), Care Coordination Quality Measures Professional Issues Panel, Co-Chairs Ellen T. Kurtzman & Maureen Dailey. (2013, October). Framework for measuring nurses’ contributions to care coordination. Silver Spring, MD: ANA.
- Pittman, P., & Kurtzman, E. (2013, February 20). The changing nurse education environment. Washington, DC: The George Washington University.
- Devers, K., Kurtzman, E., Blavin, F., & Macri, J. The use of health information technology to improve quality: Where are we and what are the key issues to watch moving ahead? Unpublished issue brief, Urban Institute, Washington, DC.
- Young, H. M., Kurtzman, E., Roes, M., Toles, M., Ammerman, A., & Pace, D. (2011, December). Measurement opportunities and gaps: Transitional care processes and outcomes among adult recipients of long-term services and supports. Washington, DC: Long-Term Quality Alliance.
- Hevenor, L., Kurtzman, E. T., & Johnson, J. E. (2016). Quality and safety in healthcare: Policy issues. In D. J. Mason, D. B. Gardner, F. H. Outlaw, & E. T. O’Grady (Eds.), Policy & politics in nursing and health care (7th ed.) (pp 483-493). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier, 2016.
- Needleman, J., Kurtzman, E. T., & Kizer, K. W. (2014). Performance measurement of nursing care. In Kominski GF, ed. Changing the U.S. health care system: Key issues in health services policy and management (4th ed.) (pp. 455-492). San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass.
- Kurtzman, E. T., & Johnson, J. E. (2011). Quality and safety in healthcare: Policy issues. In D. J. Mason, J. K. Leavitt & M. W. Chaffee (Eds.), Policy & politics in nursing and health care (6th ed.) (pp. 366-374). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier.
- Naylor, M. D., & Kurtzman, E. T. (2011). Transitional care: Improving health outcomes and decreasing costs for at-risk chronically-ill older adults. In A. S. Hinshaw & P. Grady (Eds.), Shaping health policy through nursing research (pp. 201-214). New York, NY: Springer.