Candidate for National President-Elect

Angela Kurosaka, DNP, RN, CNN, CCM, NEA-BC

Job Position and Professional Responsibilities

Senior Vice President Medical Management, Specialized Markets, Centene Corporation, Columbiana, AL

Senior VP Medical Management for a Fortune 66 Medicaid Managed Care company. In this role, I participate in the development/implementation of new business such as Accountability Care Organizations (ACO) and those participating in Medicaid transformation. Ensuring all clinical aspects are implemented and achieved, including members with kidney disease.

Role Qualifications

As a Doctor of Nursing Practice, staying up to date with clinical practice and regulatory changes are very important. On the national level, I served on the Board of Directors with my term ending in early 2017 and previously on the Awards & Scholarships Committee as Chair, Chair Designate, and committee member. I have participated in Health Policy Workshops and lobbied on Capitol Hill for ESRD advocacy. I reviewed the Position Statements on behalf of ANNA and served on task forces appointed by the President. I have presented at national ESRD meetings and served as facilitator/moderator at national meetings. On the local level, I have served in most elected positions. In addition, I have attended many Volunteer Leader Workshops (VLWs) and National Symposia and enjoy networking with my peers. A CNN since 1994, I feel that my vast work experience in both inpatient and outpatient areas as well as multiple touches to the kidney care members both from the provider and now payor perspective gives me the opportunity to bring new and fresh ideas to the President-Elect position. As a Board Certified Advanced Nurse Executive, I am a leader of people and a change advocate for patients and nephrology nurses. My work experience includes hemodialysis, home therapies, renal replacement therapies, regulatory, quality improvement activities, and administration.

Role in ANNA projects/activities illustrating support of ANNA’s mission, goals, and objectives

Advocacy. I have attended many of the Health Policy Workshops and held face-to-face meetings with Congressional staffers to advocate on behalf of nephrology patients and current needs they face in today’s environment. I have participated in Kidney Disease Awareness and Education events to increase awareness of ESRD to public figures in our state. I was instrumental in getting a proclamation from the Governor for the Hazel Taylor Chapter.

Leadership. Developing and leading teams are my specialty. Being a nurse executive, it is important to nurture and grow leaders to promote clinical excellence. To that end, I participated in the development of a best demonstrated practice policy for emergency preparedness in a dialysis setting. I have led or facilitated presentations at the local chapter level that promote leadership in the ESRD setting. I am sought after to prepare and present material for our chapter presentations due to my leadership development skills and promotion of team building activities.

Technology. I recently worked on Strategic Initiative 1, which deals with technology for our association. Seeking ways to improve technology for our membership to retain and attract new members. I am the developer for our website and have continued to support ways in which to increase participation at the local chapter level by leveraging technology opportunities. I created our Facebook page for the chapter. I actively promote the use of technology to advance education, promote chapter events, and distribute information to the membership.