The goal of this program is to inform nurses and physicians about the drivers of avoidable hospital readmissions and how improved care transitions may reduce avoidable readmissions. Our panel of national experts will provide innovative models of care that are helping people make the difficult transition from hospital to home. In addition, participants will see what interdisciplinary teams from around the country are doing to address this complex problem.

To complete the continuing education program:

  1. Watch the six videos in the player below.
  2. Take the post-test.
  3. Request credit (see instructions below).

Accreditation for Physicians

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physician CME Credit

The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA Physician's Recognition Award Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accreditation for Nurses

Educational Review Systems is an approved provider of continuing education in nursing by ASNA, an accredited provider by the ANCC/Commission on Accreditation. Provider # 5-115. This program is approved for 1.5 hours of continuing nursing education.

Educational Review Systems is also approved for nursing continuing education by the state of California, the state of Florida and the District of Columbia.

Certificates of participation will be provided for all other health care professionals participating in this activity.

Learning Objectives

After studying the information presented here, participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least three drivers of hospital readmissions.
  • Describe at least two peer-reviewed, patient-centered models for care transitions.
  • List at least three tools or lessons that will be incorporated into your own efforts to implement interventions related to care transitions.

Disclosures

All speakers and planners submitted disclosures of relevant commercial relationships prior to this event. None of the speakers or planners had any relevant financial relationships to report upon disclosure.

Acknowledgements

This activity did not receive/solicit commercial support real or in-kind.

Claiming CME Credit or Attendance Certificates

  • Go to www.gwumc.edu/cehp/CAYC. Please make sure pop-ups are enabled in your browser.
  • Complete the post-test. You must receive a score of 66.7 percent to pass and receive credit.
  • After you complete the post-test, click on the link provided and enter the code provided.
  • Then, create an account, and complete and submit your evaluation.
  • If you are eligible to receive a certificate of credit, submit your claim form.
  • Print the certificate. It can also be saved as a PDF.

Additional Information

If you require assistance, please contact us at cehp@gwu.edu.

This course is available from March 25, 2013 until March 25, 2015.

View GWU's policy on privacy and confidentiality.

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Hardware/Software Requirements

Our educational program includes audio and graphics. For the best experience, we recommend:

  • A high-speed connection to the Internet that supports download speeds of 750kbps or more
  • A sound card and speakers for audio, or headphone jack
  • The following browsers: (for Windows) Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher, Firefox 1.5 or higher; (for Macintosh) Safari 2.x or higher, Firefox 2.x or higher

Panelists

Nancy Snyderman, MD, chief medical editor for NBC News (moderator)

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Jonathan Blum, MA, deputy administrator and director for the Center for Medicare at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Eric Coleman, MD, MPH, professor of medicine and head of the Division of Health Care Policy at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus; director of the Care Transitions Program; and executive director of the Practice Change Fellows Program

Mary Naylor, PhD, FAAN, RN, Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology and director of the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Margaret Namie, RN, MPH, CPHQ, vice president of quality at Mercy Health (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Dana Codron, RN, BS, executive director, community outreach, St. Joseph Health, Queen of the Valley Medical Center (Napa, Calif.)

Program Planning Committee

Robert Graham, MD, director, National Program Office, Aligning Forces for Quality

Mary Jean Schumann, RN, MBA, DNP, CPNP, FAAN, executive director of the Nursing Alliance for Quality Care (NAQC)

Catherine West, RN, MS, senior research scientist, Center for Health Care Quality, George Washington University

cayc reducing avoidable readm

1 in 5: Number of Medicare patients discharged from a hospital who are readmitted within 30 days

You have to rely on the entire community to help people do the things they need to do to stay healthy and stay home.”

– Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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