Washington, DC (PRWEB) August 17, 2012
The National Transitions of Care Coalition (NTOCC), an organization dedicated to addressing and improving patient care transitions in the U.S. health care system, will host a series of Transitions of Care (TOC) Summits this fall to raise awareness about the challenges of poor transitions and present solutions designed to improve transitions. The three 2012 Summits will be held in Seattle, WA on September 11, Cleveland, OH on October 18 and Washington, DC on December 5.
NTOCC’s Summits will bring together a unique mix of health care professionals, patient and caregiver advocates, policy makers with NTOCC thought leaders and partner representatives to discuss effective solutions and highlight emerging resources. Specific objectives of each event are to build awareness of the significant challenges in TOC, assess reducing avoidable hospital readmissions by implementing TOC interventions, explore resources and solutions for improving TOC, and collaborate with other practitioners in developing action plans for implementation at the either the local or national level.
Regional Summits- the Northwest Summit in Seattle and the Midwest Summit in Cleveland- will be tailored to the specific needs of the community, exploring local challenges which present barriers to improved transitions, technology-based and other solutions in development by area organizations and how local stakeholders can collaborate to develop and advance transitions of care initiatives.
In contrast to the regional focus, the National Summit in Washington, DC will address national health care issues as they relate to care transitions, such as transitions of care from a federal regulatory perspective, leading models in development and how national stakeholders, from policy makers to care facility leaders, can work together to develop TOC solutions.
Key speakers for the 2012 Summits include MaryAnne Lindeblad, BSN, MPH, Assistant Secretary, Aging and Disability Services Administration for the Northwest Summit and Teresa M. Treiger, RN-BC, MA, CHCQM-CM, CCM, owner of Ascent Care Management, LLC for the Midwest Summit. Dr. H. Edward Davidson, PharmD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School will be a speaker at both regional events, and Cheri Lattimer, RN, BSN, NTOCC Executive Director will speak at the National Summit and both regional events.
As part of the collaborative nature of these Summits, NTOCC is currently accepting applications for companies interested in attending one or more event as exhibitors and sponsors. Participating companies will benefit from the opportunity to interact with an exclusive audience of health care professionals, patient and caregiver advocates, policy makers and thought leaders.
About the National Transition of Care Coalition
The National Transitions of Care Coalition is a 501(c)(4) dedicated to addressing a serious U.S. health care issue: filling the gaps that occur when patients leave one care setting and move to another care setting. These transitions include patients moving from primary care to specialty physicians; moving or transferring patients from the emergency department to intensive care or surgery; or when patients are discharged from the hospital to home, assisted living arrangements, or skilled nursing facilities. The U.S. health care system often fails to meet the needs of patients during these transitions because care is rushed and responsibility is fragmented, with little communication across care settings and multiple providers. To learn more, visit http://www.ntocc.org and follow the Coalition on Twitter @NTOCC.