Session Details

Join us in Washington, DC, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center on November 5-6, 2013, for Reducing Avoidable Readmissions by Improving Transitions in Care.

 
When a patient’s transition from the hospital to home is less than optimal, the repercussions can be far-reaching — hospital readmission, an adverse medical event, and even mortality. Without sufficient information and an understanding of their diagnoses, medication, and self-care needs, patients cannot fully participate in their care during and after hospital stays. Additionally, poorly designed discharge processes create unnecessary stress for medical and nursing staff, causing failed communications, rework, and frustrations. A comprehensive and reliable discharge plan, along with post-discharge support, can reduce readmission rates, improve health outcomes, and ensure quality transitions.
 
IHI's Approach to Transitional Care
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To help organizations achieve these goals, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is proud to offer Reducing Avoidable Readmissions by Improving Transitions in Care. During this two-day seminar expert faculty will assist teams in assessing the comprehensive needs of patients and family caregivers, using health literacy strategies to enhance patient education, developing a customized post-discharge plan and effectively communicating discharge information to patients and community providers, and facilitate appropriate post-hospital follow up.

​What You'll Learn

 

At the conclusion of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify key strategies and tactics for reducing readmissions that can be applied in their organizations

  • Describe actionable strategies for engaging community organizations across the continuum of care

  • Strengthen patient involvement in their care

  • Apply effective tools to identify and leverage opportunities for improvement

  • Design an action plan to implement the first tests of change

​​Who Should Attend

 

This program is ideal for anyone involved in ensuring that patients have a smooth transition from the hospital and a reliable reception into the appropriate post-acute care setting, including:

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Case managers
  • Community-based providers (such as skilled nursing facilities, home care organizations, or office practices)
  • Quality improvement directors
  • Pharmacists