Case Management

Mentor moment: Understanding the essence of transitions of care

Case Management Weekly, July 11, 2012

Developing a consistent process that ensures safe transitions and quality of care requires putting aside financial gains and focusing on making each healthcare entity a safer, higher-quality provider of healthcare for the community it serves.

It requires recognizing both the strengths and needs of each provider. It requires educating each other to improve quality of care, which will in turn improve the health of community members and engage them in assisting with management of their chronic illnesses.
 
Transition of care is about improving care for patients and not about keeping secrets from other healthcare providers. Improved quality of care, safety, and communications is our responsibility as healthcare providers, and it should be our goal. 

Competition in the healthcare community should not get in the way of providing safe, high-quality care transitions for the patients it serves, because we’re all members of that community. 

Editor’s note: This article is adapted from an article in the July Case Management Monthly published by HCPro, Inc.

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