Council on Aging a finalist for 2016 Inspire | Healthcare Awards

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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Council on Aging is among 22 finalists in four categories for the Health Collaborative’s 2016 Inspire | Healthcare Awards. The awards recognize individuals, teams and organizations working to improve health and healthcare in our community.

The winners, selected for inspiring the healthcare community in areas of innovation, informatics, quality improvement, and population health, will be named at the Inspire | Healthcare celebration on November 2.

Council on Aging’s Care Transitions team is a finalist in the Richard M. Smith Leadership in Quality Improvement category.

Richard M. Smith Leadership in Quality Improvement Award:
Awarded to the individual or team that has identified an opportunity to improve patient care and safety, and applied the PDSA (Plan-Do-Study-Act) principles of quality improvement to develop a successful intervention. Nominees must have demonstrated measurable improvements in the Triple Aim areas of healthier people, better care, and smarter spending with work that focuses on a clinical or non-clinical project that impacts patient care and/or experience.

Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio (COA): COA has been nominated for its transformative work developing our region’s Care Transitions innovation. In the five years since receiving one of the nation’s first federal contracts to create and implement this innovation, COA and its partners have delivered an outstanding success story that has achieved national recognition for reducing hospital readmissions among at-risk seniors. COA’s Care Transitions is a health coaching, intervention and medical adherence program for older adults who have been hospitalized. It is designed to help frail seniors who have been discharged from the hospital avoid future preventable hospital admissions, and to help patients access appropriate post-acute medical care and home and community-based services. The program uses coaching, health information technology, help with medications, chronic disease self-management and connection to community resources to help hospitalized seniors get home and stay home. Positive outcomes of the program include: a growing patient volume (7,581 patients in 2015 compared with 6,236 in 2014); a high completion rate at 72%; medical adherence by most patients; reduced hospital readmissions; and reduced costs.

Click here for more information about the awards, including other categories and nominees.