Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
The George Washington University, School of Nursing
Discipline / Profession:
Health Services Research, Public Policy, Nursing
Ellen Kurtzman is a health services researcher and an associate professor at The George Washington University School of Nursing, with secondary appointments in the university’s Milken Institute School of Public Health and Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration. She teaches health policy, research, and statistics. Her investigator-initiated research explores the impact of federal, state, and institutional policies on health care quality and the role of the health care workforce in achieving higher value care. Her most recent work explores the quality of care and the services delivered by nurse practitioners and physician assistants, and the impact of occupational restrictions on these clinicians’ practice. She has led studies examining the effect of Medicaid expansion on community health centers, the role of team-based care in the quality of office-based physician practices, and the influence of performance-based payment programs on practitioner behavior.
Kurtzman has served in senior capacities for organizations such as the American Red Cross, National Quality Forum (NQF), American Health Care Association, National PACE Association, and the Partnership for Behavioral Healthcare. While at NQF, she worked to establish hospital and home health care quality and performance standards, and she formulated national voluntary consensus standards for measuring nursing’s contribution to quality.
Kurtzman received her PhD in public policy and administration from the Trachtenberg School, her MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and her BSN from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2014, Kurtzman was named the National Center for Health Statistics/AcademyHealth Health Policy Fellow. She was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2009.
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