Newsletter Article

Abstract: Care coordination—a function that helps ensure that the patient’s needs and preferences for health services and information sharing across people, functions, and sites are met over time—is foundational to high-quality healthcare. All patients, but especially the growing num¬ber of Americans who suffer from multiple chronic con¬ditions, can benefit from care coordination. Care coordi¬nation is an information-rich, patient-centric endeavor that seeks to deliver the right care (and only the right care) to the right patient at the right time. NQF has completed significant work to advance care coordination, including the endorsement of a definition and framework for care coordination; the NQF-convened National Priorities Partnership; the designation of care coordination as one of six “National Priorities” for national action; and the endorsement of preferred practices and performance measures for care coordination. Ultimately, achieving coordinated care will be possible only when healthcare entities collectively agree to place the patient at the center of care.

August 7, 2019

NQF Quality Connections, October 2010: Care Coordination

Abstract: Care coordination—a function that helps ensure that the patient’s needs and preferences for health services and information sharing across people, functions, and sites are met over time—is foundational to high-quality healthcare. All patients, but especially the growing num¬ber of Americans who suffer from multiple chronic con¬ditions, can benefit from […]
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Abstract: Care coordination—a function that helps ensure that the patient’s needs and preferences for health services and information sharing across people, functions, and sites are met over time—is foundational to high-quality healthcare. All patients, but especially the growing num¬ber of Americans who suffer from multiple chronic con¬ditions, can benefit from care coordination. Care coordi¬nation is an information-rich, patient-centric endeavor that seeks to deliver the right care (and only the right care) to the right patient at the right time. NQF has completed significant work to advance care coordination, including the endorsement of a definition and framework for care coordination; the NQF-convened National Priorities Partnership; the designation of care coordination as one of six “National Priorities” for national action; and the endorsement of preferred practices and performance measures for care coordination. Ultimately, achieving coordinated care will be possible only when healthcare entities collectively agree to place the patient at the center of care.
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http://www.qualityforum.org/Publications/2010/10/Quality_Connections__Care_Coordination.aspx

August 7, 2019

Quality Matters Newsletter: In Focus: Toward a System of Coordinated Care

Hostetter M. In Focus: Toward a System of Coordinated Care. Quality Matters. The Commonwealth Fund.http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/newsletters/quality-matters/2007/may-june.Published May/June 2007. Accessed December 11, 2014. The care of many patients lacks necessary oversight and continuity, particularly during transitions among health care providers and settings. Current efforts to improve care coordination focus on patient coaching […]
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Hostetter M. In Focus: Toward a System of Coordinated Care. Quality Matters. The Commonwealth Fund.http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/newsletters/quality-matters/2007/may-june.Published May/June 2007. Accessed December 11, 2014. The care of many patients lacks necessary oversight and continuity, particularly during transitions among health care providers and settings. Current efforts to improve care coordination focus on patient coaching and tracking of high-risk groups, but widespread reform will require changes to the financing of care delivery and other system-wide changes
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http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/newsletters/quality-matters/2007/may-june

August 7, 2019

Re-engineering the Discharge Process to Reduce Readmissions

It has long been acknowledged that unplanned re-hospitalizations cost the U.S. health care system billions of dollars each year. Researchers at Boston University Medical Center have been working on a project to reduce readmission rates by improving and standardizing the hospital discharge process. Thanks in part to the intersection of […]
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It has long been acknowledged that unplanned re-hospitalizations cost the U.S. health care system billions of dollars each year. Researchers at Boston University Medical Center have been working on a project to reduce readmission rates by improving and standardizing the hospital discharge process. Thanks in part to the intersection of national policy with their clinical goals, the researchers’ work has begun to attract widespread interest. The initiative, called Project Re-Engineered Discharge (RED), is still in a randomized control trial phase, but initial results show that using the RED protocol may significantly reduce readmission rates, says Brian Jack, MD, the project’s principal investigator. Jack is an associate professor and vice chair for academic affairs in the department of family medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center.
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http://www.pressganey.com/newslanding/10-06-22/Re-engineering_the_discharge_process_to_reduce_readmissions.aspx

August 7, 2019

Age-in-Action: PACE

Educational Objectives 1. Describe the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly model of care for frail seniors with chronic health care needs. 2. Demonstrate how PACE benefits providers in the delivery of services. 3. Explain how the PACE concept complements Virginia’s Long Term Care Reform, as well as initiatives […]
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Educational Objectives 1. Describe the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly model of care for frail seniors with chronic health care needs. 2. Demonstrate how PACE benefits providers in the delivery of services. 3. Explain how the PACE concept complements Virginia’s Long Term Care Reform, as well as initiatives to develop further the PACE program in Virginia.
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http://www.sahp.vcu.edu/vcoa/newsletter/ageaction/agesp00.htm

August 7, 2019

Smoothing transitions. Joint Commission targets patient handoffs

Handoffs—those critical moments when responsibility for a patient is passed from one caregiver to another—can set the stage for a host of bad consequences for patients. And although many hospitals have instituted some form of safeguard
Handoffs—those critical moments when responsibility for a patient is passed from one caregiver to another—can set the stage for a host of bad consequences for patients. And although many hospitals have instituted some form of safeguard
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http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20101025/MAGAZINE/101029981