Managing Hospital Readmissions - Innovative Care Coordination Strategies

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Dr. Susan Nedza, Vice President of Strategic Clinical Solution at HealthyCircles, discusses how changes in reimbursement policy are creating financial incentives for health systems to lower their readmission rates.

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Reducing 30-day readmission rates is critical to enhancing the level of patient care and lowering health care costs.

Today, HealthyCircles, an integrated suite of online Professional and Consumer portals, officially announces open enrollment for their Wednesday, July 27, 2011, webinar on Managing Hospital Readmissions: Innovative Care Coordination Strategies at 11:00am PST. Please note, space is limited for this exclusive event, so please e-mail webinars(at)healthycircles(dot)com to reserve your spot today!

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is aggressively implementing changes in payment policy designed to limit readmissions for certain high risk patients within 30 days of a prior hospitalization. Private health care plans are adopting similar strategies as well. The pressure to drive high quality, efficient and cost effective care in the out-patient setting will only accelerate over time, forcing organizations to adopt new technology and new models of care delivery to ensure their financial well-being.

Reducing 30-day readmission rates is critical to enhancing the level of patient care and lowering health care costs,” stated Susan Nedza, MD, MBA, FACEP, Vice President of Strategic Clinical Solution at HealthyCircles. “Understanding how changes in payment policy will impact health systems is crucial in learning how to set organizations up for success.”

“HealthyCircles is proud to host this webinar on reducing readmissions. This is a quality of care problem that calls for industry-wide commitment to improve care coordination around transitions of care,” stated James Mault, MD, FACS, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HealthyCircles. “Adopting shared-record infrastructures, ensuring follow-up post-discharge and facilitating active communication between the physicians, patients and caregivers is critical in reducing 30-day readmission rates. We are proud to pave the way for this to happen.”

HealthyCircles, with guest speaker Dr. Susan Nedza, will host Managing Hospital Readmissions: Innovative Care Coordination Strategies on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 11:00am PST. Attendees from organizations seeking the best solutions to reduce their readmission rates are encouraged to attend. Space is limited, so please e-mail webinars(at)healthycircles(dot)com to confirm your registration today!

About Dr. Susan Nedza
Dr. Susan Nedza, a nationally recognized physician leader is the Vice President of Strategic Clinical Solution at HealthyCircles, LLC. Her broad experience as a board-certified emergency medicine specialist, as a Chief Medical Officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and most recently as senior executive at the American Medical Association (AMA), have given her a unique vantage point at the confluence of clinical care, health care delivery systems and health care policy. While at CMS, Dr. Nedza led efforts to implement the Medicare Drug Benefit at the regional level and helped to design and implement the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI), the first Medicare pay-for-reporting program for health care professionals. At the AMA, Dr. Nedza was responsible for defining and implementing the clinical quality and patient safety strategy. Most recently, she served as Medical Director for Clinical Practice Solutions and launched AMAFluHelp.org, the first national HIT driven clinical suite of decision support tools in response to the H1N1 pandemic.

Dr. Nedza is Adjunct Associate Professor at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. She has served as invited faculty at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, the Master's Program on Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety and in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Her research includes work on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, studying the role that professional organizations can play in helping support physician adoption of Health IT in order to participate in quality improvement collaboratives at the local, regional and state level.

About HealthyCircles
HealthyCircles, a San Diego-based, connected health platform company provides enterprise solutions to Health Plans, Integrated Health Care Delivery Systems and the Pharmaceutical Industry. HealthyCircles is a private-labeled, software-as-a-service model that delivers an integrated suite of products and services connecting health care professionals to patients, their families and their caregivers via a HIPAA secure, care management system.

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