Care Coordination Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Americans are living longer with multiple conditions and being cared for by multiple providers. Coordinating care as patients move from one health care setting to another or between a primary care professional and specialists is essential to avoid duplication of efforts, conflicting plans of care, and over-, under-, or mis-use of medications.
The featured Innovations show how three care coordination programs are increasing efficiency, effectiveness, and patient satisfaction.
The featured QualityTools provide resources to help health care providers better coordinate patients’ care between settings.
- Intensive Case Management Reduces Inpatient Admissions and Emergency Department Visits Among Costly, Medically Complex Patients Without Insurance
- Nurse-Led, Telephone-Based Collaborative Care Improves Mental and Physical Health of Depressed Patients After Cardiac Bypass Surgery
- Expanding Interpreter Role To Include Advocacy and Care Coordination Improves Efficiency and Leads to High Patient and Provider Satisfaction
Also in This Issue:
- Hospital Employs Emergency Department–Based Physical Therapists, Leading to Improved Quality, Efficiency, and Patient/Physician Satisfaction
- Collaborative Supports Hospitals in Sharing and Implementing Best Practices, Leading to 33-Percent Decline in Urinary Tract Infections
- Multidisciplinary Team Brings Palliative Care to Rural Patients, Leading to Improved Symptom Management and High Levels of Satisfaction