Apr 022013
 

A Thursday webinar cosponsored by Illuminage.com will feature Dr. Joanne Lynn discussing care transitions. Each year, thousands of older patients are discharged from the hospital, only to be later re-admitted. Avoiding preventable rehospitalizations has become a major cost-savings goal for our health care system. IlluminAge, in partnership with the National Council on Aging, has scheduled an online briefing to examine how older patients can play a larger role in the effort to reduce the frequency of hospital readmissions.

You are invited to join the webinar on Thursday, April 4, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time: Improving Care Transitions: Engaging Older Patients on the Issue of Preventing Rehospitalization.

Joining us as presenter will be Joanne Lynn, M.D., chair of the Center on Elder Care and Advanced Illness at the Altarum Institute. Dr. Lynn, a geriatrician, quality improvement advisor, and policy advocate, is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Social Insurance, a fellow of the American Geriatrics Society and The Hastings Center, and a master of the American College of Physicians.

The webinar aims to provide a fresh perspective on the increasingly important challenge of reducing hospital re-admissions, including:

  • The importance of educating and empowering older patients and caregivers;
  • The role senior care and aging service professionals can play in providing needed support services and other resources to older persons returning home following a hospital stay;
  • Resources you may find helpful in your own community, practice, or organization.

The April 4 webinar is free, with registration on a first come, first served basis.

To register, follow this link:  https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/581843281

 

Key words:  Joanne Lynn, care transitions, quality improvement, patient activation

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