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Hospital Engagement Networks Participants Make Big Strides in Reducing Patient Harm and Readmissions

By: Rebecca Vesely
From Hospitals & Health Networks, November 2014

Hospital Engagement Networks were created in 2011 with three-year goals of reducing patient harm and unnecessary readmissions. By the time the HEN project concludes at the end of 2014, participating hospitals will have made impressive progress towards those goals, while learning critical skills and saving hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Colorado Coalition for the Homeless: A Model of Supportive Housing

By: Sarah Klein
From The Commonwealth Fund, October/ November 2014

"Relying on tax credit programs that encourage investment in affordable housing units as well as businesses and real estate projects in low-income communities, a Denver-based nonprofit built a $35 million development that combines supportive housing for the homeless with integrated physical and behavioral health services." Click here to read more. 

Creating a Care Coordination Infrastructure to Achieve Triple Aim Goals
From Becker's Hospital Review, November 2014
By Judith Pearlson, RN, MS, CPHQ

Creating a care coordination infrastructure to manage patients across the care continuum is essential to achieving the Triple Aim goals of improving the health of populations, reducing costs, and enhancing the patient care experience. As providers move toward accountable care models, they will need to shift their investment focus from health interventions to preventive health services to cost-effectively achieve pay-for-performance goals.

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Lack of Advance Directives Leads to Unwanted Care
From Fierce Healthcare, November 2014 

Recent studies and reports from the Public Policy and Aging Report, the Institute of Medicine and the American Medical Association highlight the importance of advance care planning and providing increased access to palliative care and hospice. 

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Postsurgery Readmission Rates Questioned as a Quality Measure in Colorectal Cancer Care

By: Kathy Boltz, PhD
From Oncology Nurse Advisor, November 2014

A new study in JAMA Surgery has found that there is no significant variation in hospital readmission rates after colorectal cancer surgery when the data is adjusted to account for patient characteristics, coexisting illnesses, and operation types. These findings may prompt questions about the use of readmission rates as a measure of hospital quality." Click here to read a discussion of the paper or here to access the article (paywall).

Tools and Resources

Patient Experience Beyond HCAHPS: The Rewards of Care Coordination Webinar Recording Online

Although most healthcare leaders seek to provide superior experiences for patients during their hospital stays, recent research found that only 45 percent of U.S. hospitals had a formal definition of patient experience for their organization. The recording is available at no cost and includes a lively discussion on how to improve the patient experience.

Webinar: Care Transitions for the Most Vulnerable: One Patient's Experience

Follow a patient from the hospital through several different care settings to gain a holistic view of how technology, combined with strong clinical workflows can improve patient outcomes. Using the NTOCC seven essential intervention categories as a model and technology to support them, we'll demonstrate how providers can move a patient between care settings efficiently. 
Healthy Transitions Webinars Available 

Recordings and slides of our monthly webinars are located on the Webinar Archive page of the Healthy Transitions Colorado Website. 

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Healthy Transitions Colorado is a collaborative effort, focused on aligning and accelerating existing efforts to improve transitions of care for Coloradans. Our guiding principles are simple - by working together to break down the silos of health care, we can foster true community care coordination across facilities, specialties, and practices. 



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