To rise to the challenge of non-compliant patients, providers should ask how they can work together to empower patients toward self-management rather than why patients are non-adherent in the first place, suggests Alicia Goroski, MPH, senior project director for care transitions for the Colorado Foundation for Medical Care (CFMC). CFMC coordinates the work of state-based Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs), who have been working with hospitals and community providers to improve care transitions and reduce readmissions. In this interview, Ms. Goroski describes some of the interventions focused on patients, providers or both groups that have not only lowered key Medicare readmission rates but also reduced participants’ overall admission stats. Ms. Goroski shared lessons learned from the 14 communities that participated in the CMS care transition demonstration project and details on program rollout to over 12 million Medicare beneficiaries in 400 communities during a May 22, 2013 webinar, now available for replay “Patient Engagement and Provider Collaborations Across the Healthcare Continuum to Improve Care Transitions.” …read more
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