AHRQ Director Dr. Carolyn Clancy to Keynote the Dorland Health Care Coordination Summit

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Head of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Will Speak About the Emerging Role of Care Coordination at Summit

“I want to emphasize how important care coordination is and, frankly, how much we have to learn about different strategies to do it effectively."

Dr. Carolyn Clancy, Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, will present the opening keynote presentation at the Care Coordination Summit: Advancing the Delivery of Care, the industry’s leading conference for healthcare professionals working on the emerging front of care coordination. The Summit will take place on Friday, October 21, at the prestigious National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Clancy, whose agency is central to health reform’s goals of improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of healthcare for all Americans, will open the Summit with key insights on the delivery of healthcare today, including how to improve care coordination through the factors of implementation, dissemination and patient engagement. Her presentation, entitled “Care Coordination: Organizing Patient Care Activities in an Era of System Transformation,” will discuss healthcare delivery models, such as patient-centered care, and will demonstrate the importance of efficient care coordination in improving access to healthcare, ensuring its quality and containing escalating healthcare costs.

“I want to emphasize how important care coordination is and, frankly, how much we have to learn about different strategies to do it effectively. We’re seeing more and more evidence that care management teams, broadly defined, are essential for helping people, particularly people with two or more chronic illnesses,” said Clancy. “But what we’re still learning is – what are the most effective approaches to customize that to the unique needs and circumstances of the individual patient?”

Dr. Clancy will be joined by other national thought leaders, including Dr. Ellen-Marie Whelan, Senior Advisor with the new CMS Innovation Center. Dr. Whelan provides an insider's view of the steps CMS will take to improve quality and affordability of healthcare, what CMS anticipates as the role of healthcare providers within their delivery models and initiatives, and how organizations can tap into innovations to address challenges.

Additional sessions deliver powerful insight into the impact of the future of nursing on the care coordination workforce, innovative efforts to reduce healthcare disparities, opportunities for entrepreneurs in a rapidly changing healthcare system, strategies to reduce avoidable readmissions, fresh approaches for patient engagement and action steps to limit the negative impact of behavioral health issues.

The Dorland Health Care Coordination Summit is the only event designed for all members of the care coordination team, providing the insight, the strategies and the tactics that address the most challenging trends in healthcare that call for more united care across the continuum and require frontline practitioners to adapt to new roles, collaborations and initiatives. The Dorland Health Care Coordination Summit will delve into topics necessary for those who work in managed care, acute care, the military, long-term care, behavioral health, rehabilitation, home care, or other settings through which consumers access healthcare. The full slate of sessions is available online: http://www.dorlandhealth.com/care_coordination_summit/

The Dorland Health Care Coordination Summit will be held Friday, October 21, from 8:00 a.m.-5:15 p.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

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