Healthcare Coalition Launches Enhanced Website Offering Tools and Materials to Improve Patient Care During Transitions of Care

Saturday, May 3, 2008 General News
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark., May 2 The National Transitions of CareCoalition (NTOCC) announced today the launch of an enhanced website The redesigned site contains a variety of new downloadabletools and information to help address transition of care challenges and toraise awareness about transitions of care. Specific content is available forvarious groups including healthcare professionals, consumers (patients andtheir caregivers), policy makers and the media. NTOCC was founded in 2006 toaddress the challenges and complications created when a patient transitionsfrom one health care setting to another. NTOCC is chaired and coordinated bythe Case Management Society of America (CMSA) in partnership withsanofi-aventis U.S. LLC.

"The launch of our revamped website represents an important step in thedevelopment of NTOCC," Cheri Lattimer, NTOCC Project Director and CMSAExecutive Director said. "People can now find information that addressestransitions of care from their particular perspective. Tools are available sothat both professionals and consumers can help improve transitions of care."

The newly released tools and resources address several important areasthat impact effective transitions including:

In an effort to engage additional organizations seeking to support NTOCC'swork and increase their involvement with the Coalition, NTOCC has also createdan additional level of membership. Associate Members receive advancednotification of tools and resources being made available for public use andthe opportunity, via a secured area on the website, to comment on coalitionactivities, initiatives and tools.

"The Associate Member program is the result of a multitude of requests wehave received in the past year-and-a-half from a variety of groups to becomemore involved in NTOCC," Lattimer explained.

Organizations wanting to increase their involvement with NTOCC can submitan online application for Associate Membership. In addition, individuals maysubscribe to receive e-mail updates on future NTOCC activities.

Transitions of care include situations in which a patient moves fromprimary care to specialty physicians or moves within the hospital includingmoves from the emergency department to other various departments, such assurgery or intensive care; or when a patient is discharged from the hospitaland goes home or to an assisted living or skilled nursing facility. Patients,especially older persons, face significant challenges when moving from onelevel of care or practice setting to another in the healthcare system. Duringthese transitions, lack of communication can result in redundant orconflicting information that often creates serious issues for patients, theircaregivers and their families.

The NTOCC Advisory Board has guided the work of the coalition since 2007and includes the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), American Associationof Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA), American College of HealthcareExecutives (ACHE), American Geriatrics Society (AGS), American MedicalDirectors Association (AMDA), American Medical Group Association (AMGA),American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), American Society onAging (ASA), American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP), AXA AssistanceUSA Inc., Case Management Society of America (CMSA), Consumers AdvancingPatient Safety (CAPS), Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG), Institute forHealthcare Improvement (IHI), Joint Commission International Center forPatient Safety (ICPS) ,Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Care, Mid-AmericaCoalition on Health Care (MACHC), National Association of Directors of NursingAdministration - Long Term Care (NADONA / LTC), National Association of SocialWorkers (NASW), National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH), National CaseManagement Network of Canada (NCMN), National Quality Forum (NQF), PredictiveHealth, LLC, sanofi-av

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