URAC’s New Industry Insight Report Reveals Proven Strategies from Healthcare Organizations to Improve Transitions of Care

By URAC Staff on Jan 8, 2018 1:26:09 PM

While there’s no single magic bullet to improve care transitions, healthcare providers and health plans have succeeded in addressing some primary causes of avoidable complications and readmissions to help patients move safely to the next care setting.

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Case Management Roles Will Expand and Grow in the Changing Healthcare Environment, URAC Experts Say

By URAC Staff on Jun 23, 2017 5:00:20 PM

WASHINGTON, DC – June 23, 2017 – How will the role of case managers change as the aging population brings greater demand for post-acute care? How will case management help drive transformative change in healthcare delivery? What progress has been made in identifying quality standards and strategies to support the transformation of case management?

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URAC Invites Public Comments for Revised Case Management Accreditation Standards

By URAC Staff on May 30, 2017 8:00:00 AM

WASHINGTON, DC – May 30, 2017 – Independent healthcare accreditor URAC opens the revised Case Management Accreditation Standards for public comment beginning on May 30, 2017, and ending June 23, 2017, at 6 p.m. Eastern Time. Click here to access the proposed Case Management standards and the tool for providing public comment: https://accreditnetadmin.urac.org:443/UracPortal/Comment/Preamble?pcId=9495.

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Case Managers: Taking an Active Role as Healthcare Evolves

By URAC Staff on Mar 22, 2017 8:00:00 AM

As the healthcare industry continues its efforts toward improved health outcomes, lower costs, and value-based reimbursement models, case managers have an opportunity to play an even more critical role, said Cheri Lattimer, RN, BSN, executive director of the National Transitions of Care Coalition. While this profession encompasses a number of important responsibilities in healthcare organizations, Lattimer points out three specific areas of growth in 2017 for case managers: patient engagement and education, transition planning, and role development.

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Trend Watch: Case Management Experts Foresee Big Opportunities in 2017

By URAC Staff on Jan 31, 2017 10:35:14 AM

The arrival of a new year and new administration inevitably brings a measure of uncertainty. Within that uncertainty may lie some of the healthcare industry’s greatest challenges for 2017, but it also can yield some of its greatest opportunities. That’s the mindset of case management experts as they reflect on the coming year.

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Cutting-Edge Approaches to Transitions of Care Meet Demand for Improved Outcomes and Lower Costs

By URAC Staff on Jan 12, 2017 3:04:02 PM

Just like the critical handoff of the baton in a relay race, a smooth transition of care from one healthcare provider or setting to the next is key to reaching the finish line of positive health outcomes, lower hospital readmissions and fewer medication errors. In the move toward value-based reimbursement, best practices in transitions of care have never been more important. 

“It’s not just looking at the medical aspects of what the patient is dealing with, but those non-clinical issues that so many times impact a transition and can cause avoidable hospital readmissions,” said Cheri Lattimer, executive director of the National Transitions of Care Coalition. “In good care coordination, the team understands their role is not done when the patient walks out their door. The team must put forth the effort to communicate, share and transfer information and make sure the patient and family caregiver are included.”

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