Just six months after holding its first “Care Transitions Summit,” Mount Nittany Health and local care facilities have already taken important steps toward improving the coordination of care for patients across multiple settings.
Specifically, follow-up meetings were held last month (January 2014) to address the top three priority areas for improving care transitions:
· Preventing avoidable readmissions
· Developing one standardized tool/form that all could use to communicate pertinent patient information between care levels and settings
· Develop patient/family education and health information tools such as a binder/notebook that can travel with the patient
As action plans and tools related to the priority areas are developed, another care transitions summit is being planned for later this year.
“We are so pleased with the momentum this initiative has gained since we started the conversation last summer,” said Gail A. Miller, RN, MS, CPHQ, vice president for quality.
“Working together as true partners in patient care is beneficial for all involved, from building efficiencies among our respective providers to making healthcare work harder and smarter for our patients and their loved ones.”