Care Transitions

April 2019 marks the first National Care Transitions Awareness Day, an observance the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to make an annual event. In this issue of QIO News, you’ll hear from the leaders behind the national movement to bring attention to care transition issues and look at different aspects of improving patient outcomes across the health care continuum.

Leaders from the CMS Care Transitions & Post-Acute Care Affinity Group discuss what inspired the creation of the first-ever National Care Transitions Awareness Day on April 16, and how stakeholders can get involved. 
A pain management advocate shares best practices in the midst of the opioid crisis, while CMS updates its opioid mapping tool to target hardest-hit rural areas. 
When patients or their loved ones have trouble advocating for care, this program connects patients with resources to make transitions easier. 
By collecting, analyzing and comparing patient data, the TMF QIN team is helping improve health care outcomes and reduce readmission rates. 
An overwhelming number of senior patients released from the hospital return within 30 days. Here’s a look at proactive measures to promote smooth care transitions. 
April’s Medication Safety LAN event will examine how to strike a balance in medication regimens and will discuss resources for providers and patients. 
Did You Know?
You can virtually join National Care Transitions Awareness Day on April 16. Register for online attendance here.