Management and policy research to identify best practices in care coordination and test and evaluate effective care coordination practices.
The medical home, by any of the many current definitions, includes care coordination as an essential characteristic. The flow of patients from the inpatient setting to either the home or another clinical setting is one critical component of care coordination. When this transition is handled effectively, patients continue on a trajectory to restored function, improved health, or at least comfort and appropriate treatment. When this transition is handled efficiently, improvements in patient health and well-being are made at the lowest levels of additional expenditure. In particular, effective inpatient care transitions reduce or eliminate avoidable hospital re-admissions along with their associated costs and negative impact on patient well being and satisfaction.
This project, under the auspices of HRET's Center for Health Management Research, and lead by Cindy Watts, PhD of the University of Washington, will explore the transition of patients out of the inpatient setting. It will seek to address the following questions:
These questions will be addressed in a mixed method approach applying a literature review, case studies, key informant interviews, and conceptual analyses.
For more information about this project, contact Debbie Pierce at (312) 422-2635 or firstname.lastname@example.org.