The movement of patients from one healthcare professional to another and from one setting to another is recognized as a significant risk to patient safety. Such patient movement is now referred to as “transitions of care” by the healthcare industry. Complete, accurate, and timely sharing of patient information is critically important when a patient is transferred from one caregiver to another, whether within the same unit, department, organizational setting, or across settings. Frequently, however, this sharing of information has been flawed.
Given the extent of adverse events, readmissions, and associated costs to the healthcare system, there is now increased attention on improving transitions of care. In fact, more and more hospitals understand the importance of this issue and are taking steps related to care transitions that are improving quality of care and having a positive financial impact.
This 60-minute program explores the current national landscape for transitions of care and identifies where gaps in care are apt to occur.
After completing this module, the participant should be able to:
- Identify The Joint Commission's requirements for transitions of care.
- Describe the general "state-of-affairs" of care transitions in the United States today.
- Discuss the value, both in patient care and financial terms, of effective care transitions.
This activity is relevant to all healthcare leaders, medical staff, emergency department staff, risk management professionals, performance improvement (PI) directors/Joint Commission coordinators, and nurse managers/directors.
Laurel McCourt, MD, ABFM, CJCP
Joint Commission Resources
This presenter does not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with corporate organizations that either provide educational grants to this program or may be referenced in this activity. This presenter has also attested that her discussion will not include any unapproved or off-label use of products.
The Joint Commission is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME-AMA PRA Category 1 ™), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Note: No ACPE credit was provided for this program.
The Joint Commission is provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider number CEP 6381, for 1 contact hour.
The Joint Commission is authorized to award 1.0 contact hour of pre-approved ACHE Qualified Education credit for this program toward advancement or recertification in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Participants in this program wishing to have the continuing education hours applied toward ACHE Qualified Education credit should indicate their attendance when submitting application to the American College of Healthcare Executives for advancement or recertification.
This activity has been approved by the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) for 1.0 Certified Professional Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) credit.
The Joint Commission Enterprise has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
This education offering qualifies for 1.0 Certified Joint Commission Professional (CJCP) credit hours towards CJCP recertification. In order to obtain CJCP credit hours, an individual must first be certified before they start acquiring CJCP credit hours. CJCP credit hours will not be retroactive.
Full attendance at every session is a prerequisite for receiving full continuing education credits. If a participant needs to leave early, his or her continuing education credits will be reduced.
Successful completion of this CE activity includes the following:
- View the presentation and read the accompanying Resource Guide.
- Complete the online Evaluation Form and Post Test.
- A CE certificate/statement of credit can be printed online following successful completion of the Post Test and the Evaluation Form