Hospital Spotlight: Care Transitions Focus for Lansing-based Group
Posted on April 04, 2019
National Care Transitions Awareness Day is April 16. The new observance is hosted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and aims to increase awareness of safe and effective transitions.
Care transitions is a comprehensive plan that maps patients’ movement from one setting to another across the continuum of care. Gaps in care can result in greater length-of-stay, increased readmission risk and higher healthcare costs. It’s imperative that organizations identify these gaps and act quickly to fill them.
The Lansing-based, nonprofit organization Capital Area Collaborative for Care Transitions (CCT) is committed to bridging gaps in care by engaging and collaborating with patients and community stakeholders.
Reducing 30-day readmissions is also a huge focus area for the group, which is comprised of staff from two major hospitals – McLaren Greater Lansing and Sparrow – and a collection of nursing homes and home healthcare agencies in the Tri-County area.
The CCT group consists of competitors, yet it comes together with an unbiased viewpoint on a bimonthly basis to put patients first. The group regularly shares best practices and ideas, reviews data, discusses barriers and different ways to help patients navigate through complex healthcare situations, and identifies ways to ease transitions between care settings. It also aims to connect the dots for patients by providing resources and education and access to necessary support groups.
Patients often hear the term “good health,” but they don’t know what it looks like or how it feels. The CCT initiative works to equip patients with the necessary tools and information to navigate through their own care – from admission to discharge – and prevent future readmission.
At the end of the day, CCT members recognize that all healthcare organizations are essentially on one team, working toward one common goal: improve care for patients.
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