Dr. Ellen T. Kurtzman

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Title:
Associate Professor
Office:
Foggy Bottom Campus
Address:
1919 Pennsylvania Ave.
Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20006
Phone:
202-994-9439
Email:
etk@gwu.edu

Ellen T. Kurtzman is Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and has been on 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. To this end, 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. Most recently, Dr. Kurtzman served as the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)/AcademyHealth Health Policy Fellow (2014-2016) and used her time at NCHS to study 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.  

Since arriving at GW, Dr. Kurtzman has forged a number of partnerships. From 2011 to 2012, she had the privilege of serving as an affiliate scholar at the Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center. She also enjoyed a productive affiliation with colleagues at the New Courtland Center for Transitions and Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Serving as both a collaborator (2007-2010) and Visiting Nurse Scholar (2010-2011), she advanced and built policy support for a model of care for chronically ill elderly, referred to as the Transitional Care Model (TCM).

Before entering 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 honored to be named a Senior Examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and Examiner for the U.S. Senate Productivity and Maryland Quality Awards. In 2009, she was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and is a founding member of the Phi Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.

Current Research

  • 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%)

Education

Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, George Washington University, PhD in Public Policy and Administration

Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, MPH

University of Pennsylvania, BSN

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journals

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.

Book Chapters

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. 

Distinctions

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