How Seamless Care Transitions for the Frail Elderly Can Reduce Utilization and Hospitalizations and Enhance Quality of Life

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April 26, 2007 audio conference will emphasize proactive, preventative healthcare approaches and improved care transitions for the frail elderly to minimize costly hospitalizations and improve quality of life for this population. Industry experts will define care transition strategies for today's frail elderly and help healthcare organizations anticipate the care demands of aging baby boomers.

Managing Transitions to Care for the Frail Elderly, an April 26, 2007 audio conference, will explore how to create effective care management approaches for the frail elderly. For conference details, please visit http://www.hin.com/cgi-local/link/news/pl.cgi?frailpr

The Healthcare Intelligence Network (HIN) is sponsoring the 90-minute live interactive audio conference, which will describe how healthcare organizations can better service the healthcare needs of the medically complex frail elderly to trim costs and improve quality of life.

The frail elderly are a minority of the over-65 population but are that age group's greatest drain on healthcare resources: The frail elderly are responsible for the majority of inpatient hospitalizations, home care and long-term care in nursing homes and other residential care facilities. By creating care management approaches unique to this population, healthcare organizations can work to not only prevent acute care episodes, but also improve the overall quality of life for the frail elderly.

  • Scheduled speakers: John Charde, vice president of strategic development, Enhanced Care Initiatives Inc. and Laurie Russell, senior director of health solutions, XLHealth. Moderated by Melanie Matthews, HIN executive vice president and chief operating officer.
  • Conference highlights: Working with the healthcare professionals where the transition is occurring to ensure a successful transition; developing care management programs that meet the unique needs of the frail elderly; identifying the frail elderly in need of care management now and in the future; creating an ongoing relationship and high-touch care system; and analyzing the results of care management programs focused on the frail elderly.
  • Target Audience: CEOs, medical directors, disease management directors, managers and coordinators, health plan executives, care management nurses and business development and strategic planning directors.
  • Audio Conference formats: 90-minute live audio conference on April 26, 2007 includes a 30-minute Q&A; "On-Demand" rebroadcast available April 30, 2007; 90-minute recording on CD-ROM with printed transcript available May 18, 2007. For conference details, please visit http://www.hin.com/cgi-local/link/news/pl.cgi?frailpr

"A recent study by the Commonwealth Fund found that Medicare would save an estimated $1.9 billion annually if all hospital readmission rates could match those achieved by the top performing 10 percent regions in the country. Hands-on, high-touch care for the frail elderly, who constitute the lion's share of Medicare readmissions, will have a substantial impact on these costs," said Melanie Matthews, HIN Executive VP and COO.

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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) 292-3073, e-mail info(at)hin.com, or visit http://www.hin.com.

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