May 102011
 

You can view a recorded version of the webinar on “The Community-Based Approach to Reducing Hospital Readmissions: Resources” that took place on May 6, 2011. You also can download the presentation slides for the webinar and supporting materials from the Commonwealth Fund website.

The webinar featured the following experts in care transitions:

  • Anne-Marie Audet, M.D., M.Sc., moderator, vice president, Quality Improvement and Efficiency, The Commonwealth Fund
  • Eric Coleman, M.D., M.P.H., director, Care Transitions Program, and professor of medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
  • Garry MacKenzie, M.D., medical director of cardiology services at McKay-Dee Hospital Center in Ogden, Utah
  • Janice Fitzgerald, R.N., director of quality and medical management at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass.
  • Content includes case studies of how real organizations are reducing hospital readmissions and improving the quality of care as vulnerable patients move from one care setting to the next.  There is an overview report from top-performing hospitals with exceptionally low readmission rates: McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah; Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center in Houston, Texas; Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and St. John’s Regional Health Center in Springfield, Missouri.

    The presentations include a lot of evidence-based data related to what you have to measure in order to determine if quality improvement is really happening.  Metrics must include what CMS wants you to measure, as well as other metrics such as how your institution is doing compared with others.  Are you really achieving what you want to with hospital discharges?  Measurements actually impact behavior, and can be critical to getting compliance with improvement goals.

     

     

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