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11/10/2017
When: Friday, November 10, 2017
8:00AM-4:00PM
Where: Upper Student Center Lounge, Regis College
235 Wellesley St.
Weston, Massachusetts  02493
United States
Contact: Cheryl Pacella


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In an effort to help control the spiraling costs of healthcare, the federal government has put in place a number of programs and initiatives to help decrease the incidence of hospital readmissions. In recent years, acute care hospitals have incurred financial penalties when they have an excessive number of patient readmissions following discharge. Now, more than ever, it is imperative that healthcare providers across settings work collaboratively to help improve patient outcomes, patient satisfaction, and decrease healthcare expenditures.

During this one-day conference, participants will hear from Keynote Speaker Dr. Alice Bonner (Secretary for the Executive Office of Elder Affairs). Dr. Bonner will offer some background information on the importance of improving transitions of care across healthcare settings. Next, Billie Allard and Carol Conroy (from Southwestern Vermont Medical Center) will share how they implemented a program utilizing Transitional Care Nurses to effectively decrease the incidence of hospital readmissions and reduce the number of Emergency Department visits. Representatives from the Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation will discuss The Care Transitions Education Project (CTEP). CTEP is “an innovative workforce training strategy that equips frontline nurses and nursing students to lead and improve patient-centered care transitions.” Lorraine Schoen, from the Massachusetts Hospital Association, will discuss findings of research that she has conducted in regards to the role pharmacies, and access to pharmacies, play in impacting hospital readmissions. Participants will also learn up-to-date information regarding the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act.

Objectives 
At the conclusion of this one-day conference participants will:

1.       Define the meaning of “care transitions.”

2.       Identify two strategies that can be implemented to improve the coordination of patient care across healthcare settings.

3.       Describe three benefits of improving care transitions.

4.       Verbalize two components of the IMPACT Act.


                             Date: Friday November 10, 2017

                             Time: 8:00 – 4:00 PM (registration begins at 7:30 AM)

Place: Upper Student Center Lounge, Regis College  - VIEW ON MAP HERE

           235 Wellesley St. Weston MA 02493

Cost:   $119 for healthcare professionals

             $59  for nursing students

 

This program is not an official program of the Home Care Alliance of MA. All questions, comments, and concerns should be addressed to Cheryl Pacella at cpacella27@gmail.com. 

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