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Improving Patient Handoffs During Care Transitions: April 24, 2013 Webinar

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"Care Transition Management: Strategies for Effective Patient Handoffs" is a new 60-minute webinar from the Healthcare Intelligence Network.
2013-03-20 21:21:29 - Protocols that strengthen patient handoffs and reduce readmissions will be presented during an April 24, 2013 webinar by the Healthcare Intelligence Network.

SEA GIRT, NJ, USA, March 13, 2013 --- In theory, the patient handoff is the perfect mechanism to ensure continuation of care --- the transfer of health data and responsibility from one clinical team to another. In practice, however, this aspect of the care transition may be fraught with error, due to poor communication, work overload, or staff fatigue or distraction.

"Care Transition Management: Strategies for Effective Patient Handoffs," an April 24, 2013 webinar from the Healthcare Intelligence Network, will examine two novel approaches to patient handoffs that have not only reduced readmissions for their organizations but garnered acclaim in the healthcare community. The 60-minute webinar is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.

Learn more about effective patient handoffs in

transitional care at:


* Spotlighted Interventions: Regions Hospital's "hot" list and handling of patients most likely to be readmitted; and Cullman Regional Medical Center's award-winning "Good to Go" recorded hospital discharge instructions.

* Scheduled Speakers: Joshua Brewster, director of care management at Regions Hospital, a HealthPartners hospital, and Cheryl Bailey, vice president of patient care services at Cullman Regional Medical Center.

* Conference Focus: The key factors that Regions has identified that place a patient onto its "hot list" for readmission risk; HealthPartners' handover process for patients at risk of readmission; how HealthPartners meets the unique needs of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure and behavioral healthcare needs at risk of readmission; the features of Cullman's "Good to Go" recorded instructions, from implementation guidelines to the program's expansion; and how internal analysis of the recorded discharge instructions has helped Cullman further refine its discharge process and identify patients in need of post-discharge support.

* Webinar Formats: 60-minute live webinar on April 24, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. Eastern, including Q&A; "On-Demand" replay available April 26, 2013; 60-minute training DVD or CD-ROM with printed transcript available May 15, 2013. Participants may add an on-demand, DVD or CD to their live session registration to share with colleagues.

Learn more about effective patient handoffs in transitional care at:


"A seamless transition of care can only occur when all elements of a patient's condition have been communicated, and the patient has a clear understanding of post-discharge care. Having drilled down to the essence of the care transition --- the patient handoff --- Regions and Cullman are effectively reducing the number of patients returning to their hospitals, a key metric in this era of value-based reimbursement."

Please contact Patricia Donovan to arrange an interview or to obtain additional quotes.

About the Healthcare Intelligence Network --- HIN is the premier advisory service for executives seeking high-quality strategic information on the business of healthcare. For more information, contact the Healthcare Intelligence Network, PO Box 1442, Wall Township, NJ 07719-1442, (888) 446-3530, fax (732) 449-4463, e-mail, or visit

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Patricia Donovan
Managing Editor
Phone: 732-449-4468
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