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n4a and partner Consumers Union are creating resources for Aging Network professionals and consumers about medication management and care transitions.

Medication Management and Care Transitions

At Issue

  • Care transitions refer to the movement of patients from one health care provider or setting to another. For people with serious and complex illnesses, transitions in setting of care—for example from hospital to home or nursing home, or from facility to home and community-based services—have been shown to be prone to errors.
  • Nearly one in five Medicare patients discharged from the hospital is readmitted within 30 days. This translates to approximately 2.6 million seniors at a cost of over $26 billion every year. Readmission rates are also high for patients covered by Medicaid and private insurance.
  • Medication errors, poor communication and poor coordination between providers from the inpatient to outpatient settings, along with the rising incidence of preventable adverse events, have drawn national attention. Health care providers and community-based organizations are aware of the negative effects of poor patient care transitions, but many struggle with fragmentation and lack of collaboration across settings, limited resources and an expanding aging population with multiple chronic conditions.

Care Transitions Learning Module

A Care Transitions Learning Module will feature online courses and webinars that address issues pertinent to AAAs and Title VI programs that are exploring or actively engaged in community-based care transition programs (CCTP)… Webinar topics may include avoidance of hospital re-admission (consumer guide and Consumers Reports health resources), utilization of Consumer Reports Hospital Ratings (agency and consumers), promotion of medication management to consumers/caregivers, and more.

Medication Management in the World of Care Transitions