2/3/05 - American Nephrology Nurses' Association Member Selected for CMS Advisory Board

February 3, 2005

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Information: Janet D'Alesandro

(856) 256-2422; janetd@ajj.com

American Nephrology Nurses' Association Member

Selected for CMS Advisory Board

PITMAN, NJ - Bonnie Bacon Greenspan, RN, BSN, MBA, a member of the American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA) and a consultant in Alexandria, VA, has been selected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to serve on an Advisory Board for the Demonstration of a Bundled Case-Mix Adjusted Payment System for End Stage Renal Disease Services.

Greenspan will serve on the advisory board for a 3-year term as a nurse clinician with expertise in end stage renal disease (ESRD) dialysis services. ANNA nominated Greenspan after receiving a request from CMS in May 2004 for names of possible participants.

"Bonnie’s unique combination of clinical skills and her business background, along with her years of experience with the ESRD program, will make her a very positive addition to the advisory board," said ANNA President Lesley C. Dinwiddie, MSN, RN, FNP, CNN. 

Greenspan, who also lives in Alexandria, will begin her service on the panel on February 16, 2005.

The advisory board will help establish and oversee a demonstration project of the use of a fully case-mix adjusted payment system for ESRD services. The board includes representatives from patient organizations and individuals with expertise in ESRD dialysis services, such as clinicians, economists, and researchers. 

Greenspan is currently a consultant to CMS and Lewin Group for the STAR program and the Surveyor Self Training Program. She has been organizing care for ESRD patients for 30 years. In 2001, she managed 70 facilities and programs in three states and the District of Columbia. She also served as Vice President, Mid Atlantic Region, Davita, in northern Virginia from 1992-2001. Greenspan has an interest in the economic as well as the clinical aspects of ESRD services; she earned her MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and her BSN from The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.

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ANNA is a professional nursing association comprised of more than 12,000 nephrology nurses. The association is dedicated to advancing nephrology nursing practice and positively influencing outcomes for patients with kidney or other disease processes requiring replacement therapies through advocacy, scholarship, and excellence.