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Oregon Coalition of Health Care Purchasers Hosts Care Transitions Seminar

September 19, 2008

PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 19 /PRNewswire/ — The Oregon Coalition of Health Care Purchasers (OCHCP: http://www.ochcp.org/ ) hosted two seminars on September 10, 2008 to bring together purchasers, healthcare professionals, health plan representatives, and policy makers to learn more about the issue of Transitions of Care. The breakfast meeting took place at PacificSource Health Plans in Springfield, OR and the lunch meeting was held at the Holiday Inn Wilsonville. Cheri Lattimer, RN, BSN, CMSA Executive Director, Annette Schmidt, Director Transitions of Care, sanofi-aventis, and Diane Waldo, Director of Quality & Clinical Services, Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems spoke on four different topics:

   --  The current state of Transitions of Care in America   --  Overview of the National Transitions of Care Coalition (NTOCC)   --  NTOCC tools, resources and website -- http://www.ntocc.org/ -- and its four       portals focused on Consumers, Healthcare Professionals, Media, and       Policy Makers   --  Transition of Care initiatives of the Oregon Association of Hospitals       and Health Systems and numerous Oregon hospitals   

The National Transitions of Care Coalition is being led by the Case Management Society of America (CMSA) with support from sanofi-aventis US LLC.

Transitions of care include situations in which a patient moves from primary care to specialty physicians or moves within the hospital, including moves from the emergency department to other various departments, such as surgery or intensive care; or when a patient is discharged from the hospital and goes home or to an assisted living or skilled nursing facility. Patients, especially older persons, face significant challenges when moving from one level of care or practice setting to another in the healthcare system. During these transitions, lack of communication can result in redundant or conflicting information that often creates serious issues for patients, their caregivers, and their families.

The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems has taken a leadership position in hospital and community collaboration. A successful pilot focusing on pressure ulcers and transitional care has been conducted in two Oregon communities. Plans are underway to apply the processes established and the lessons learned to other issues and to expand to additional communities.

OAHHS has worked with members to standardize practices and processes in hand hygiene, color-coded alert wristbands, overhead emergency pages, reporting of hospital acquired infections, and personal medication records.

Barbara Prowe, Executive Director of the Oregon Coalition of Health Care Purchasers stated that their goal with these events was to highlight the role of each stakeholder in resolving the issues being discussed. Purchasers in Oregon are playing a crucial role in promoting quality improvement and transparency as key components of value-based purchasing.

About Oregon Coalition of Health Care Purchasers (OCHCP)

Formed in 1998, OCHCP offers networking, education, tools, shared initiatives, and advocacy to improve purchasers’ ability to contract for high quality and cost-effective health care for their employees/members; and, to help purchasers steer their employees/members toward optimal health and high value health care providers. Representing over 400,000 commercially insured Oregonians, OCHCP participates in local multi-stakeholder health system reform initiatives. On the national level, OCHCP is a member of the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH). Visit http://www.ochcp.org/ and http://www.nbch.org/.

About the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS)

Founded in 1934, the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) is a statewide, nonprofit trade association that works closely with local and national government leaders, business and citizen coalitions, and other professional health care organizations to enhance and promote community health and to continue improving Oregon’s innovative health care industry.

While the association’s primary focus is state and federal government relations and advocacy efforts on behalf of its members, OAHHS also is the state’s premier data collection source on hospital and health system economics and an information resource on matters such as HIPAA, hospital quality and transparency, workforce development, education programs, and other member services. OAHHS is uniquely positioned to help Oregon hospitals speak with one voice on national and state-focused health care priorities such as patient safety and performance reporting. One of its highest priorities is statewide leadership in maintaining the public/private partnership supporting the programs that make up the Oregon Health Plan. And, OAHHS works diligently with Oregon’s Congressional Delegation, the American Hospital Association and other state health care associations and councils to influence Medicare and Medicaid decisions at the national level. Visit http://www.oahhs.org/.

About National Transitions of Care Coalition (NTOCC)

NTOCC was formed in 2006 to address a serious U.S. health care issue: filling the gaps that occur when patients leave one care setting and move to another care setting. These transitions include patients moving from primary care to specialty physicians; moving or transferring patients from the emergency department to intensive care or surgery; or when patients are discharged from the hospital to home, assisted living arrangements, or skilled nursing facilities. The U.S. healthcare system often fails to meet the needs of elderly patient populations during these transitions because care is rushed and responsibility is fragmented with little communication across care settings and multiple providers. These failures lead to undue burdens on patients and their families and negatively impact patient safety, quality of care and outcomes. The focus of NTOCC is to bring together thought leaders and health care experts from various settings to address this critical issue, define solutions and develop tools to address the gaps impacting patient care. Tools and resources developed by NTOCC will be made available to everyone in the health care industry including providers, payers, patients and consumers. NTOCC is chaired and coordinated by the Case Management Society of America in partnership with sanofi-aventis U.S. LLC. Visit http://www.ntocc.org/

Formed in 2006, the multidisciplinary NTOCC Advisory Board includes the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA), American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), American Geriatrics Society (AGS), American Medical Directors Association (AMDA), American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), American Society on Aging (ASA), American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP), AXA Assistance USA Inc., Case Management Society of America (CMSA), Consumers Advancing Patient Safety (CAPS), Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG), Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Joint Commission International Center for Patient Safety (ICPS), Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Care, Mid-America Coalition on Health Care (MACHC), National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration – Long Term Care (NADONA / LTC), National Association of Social Workers (NASW), National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH), National Case Management Network of Canada (NCMN), National Quality Forum, Predictive Health, LLC, sanofi-aventis, Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM), The Joint Commission Disease – Specific Care Certification, United Health Group (UHG), and URAC.

About Case Management Society of America (CMSA)

Established in 1990, the Case Management Society of America is an international non-profit 501(c)(6) multi-disciplinary professional association dedicated to the support and advancement of the case management profession through educational forums, networking opportunities, legislative advocacy, and establishing standards to advance the profession. It is based in Little Rock, AR, and serves more than 20,000 members/subscribers and 70 affiliate and pending chapters. Since its inception, CMSA has been at the forefront of setting professional standards for the industry, which allows for the highest level of efficiency and integrity, as well as developing national and local leaders who are recognized for their practice and professional excellence. For more information on CMSA, call CMSA at (501) 225-2229 or go to http://www.cmsa.org/.

About sanofi-aventis

Sanofi-aventis, a leading global pharmaceutical company, discovers, develops and distributes therapeutic solutions to improve the lives of everyone. Sanofi-aventis is listed in Paris (EURONEXT: SAN) and in New York . For more information, please visit http://www.sanofi-aventis.us/ or http://www.sanofi-aventis.com/.

   For more information, please contact:   Barbara Prowe   Executive Director   Oregon Coalition of Health Care Purchasers   Phone: 503-972-1351   Email: barbara.prowe@ochcp.org   Website: http://www.ochcp.org/  

Oregon Coalition of Health Care Purchasers

CONTACT: Barbara Prowe, Executive Director of Oregon Coalition of HealthCare Purchasers, +1-503-972-1351, barbara.prowe@ochcp.org

Web Site: http://www.cmsa.org/http://www.nbch.org/http://www.ntocc.org/http://www.oahhs.org/http://www.ochcp.org/http://www.sanofi-aventis.com/http://www.sanofi-aventis.us/




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