From August 2008 through July 2011, IPRO led a care transition initiative in five NYS counties: Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, and Washington. We were one of 14 Medicare Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) funded by the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to improve care transitions and reduce unnecessary readmissions to hospitals in selected communities. IPRO’s care transition team adopted a multi-faceted community-wide approach that included healthcare and community-service organizations, physicians, and Medicare beneficiaries. This team succeeded in reducing 30-day hospital readmissions by breaking down barriers between health provider settings, implementing evidence-based interventions, and promoting shared responsibility for patient wellness.
- Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare – Understanding Care Transitions as a Patient Safety Issue
- Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare May 2011 (PDF)
The Remington Report featured an article profiling the IPRO Care Transitions Project in its May/June 2010 edition. Visit the site of our partners, the Colorado Foundation for Medical Care, to read the article.
In April 2009 IPRO honored a select group of healthcare providers in the Upper Capital Region who signed on to participate in the three-year project aimed at making dramatic improvements in care transitions and reducing avoidable re-admissions to hospitals.
- IPRO press release on Care Transitions Project providers
The Journal of the American Medical Association January 23/30, 2013, Vol 309, No.4
Association Between Quality Improvement for Care Transitions in Communities and Rehospitalizations Among Medicare Beneficiaries