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Join a Webinar on the Community-Based Approach to Reducing Hospital Readmissions

Many national initiatives—including Medicare's Community-Based Care Transition Program, part of the Affordable Care Act—encourage providers to work beyond their walls to coordinate patient care and avoid complications that can lead to hospitalizations or readmissions. Join a Commonwealth Fund webinar on May 6, 1 p.m.–2 p.m., EDT, featuring:

  • Eric Coleman, M.D., M.P.H., director, Care Transitions Program, and professor of medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
    Dr. Coleman will discuss how hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, community providers, and others can provide continuous, coordinated care.
  • Garry MacKenzie, M.D., medical director of cardiology services at McKay-Dee Hospital Center in Ogden, Utah
    McKay-Dee is among the nation's top performers in holding down readmission rates for heart failure, heart attack, and pneumonia patients. Dr. MacKenzie will provide real-world examples of how the hospital has partnered with community providers to keep tabs on patients after discharge and keep them from being readmitted.
  • Janice Fitzgerald, R.N., director of quality and medical management at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass.
    Baystate Medical Center is one of the hospitals participating in State Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations (STAAR), an initiative supported by The Commonwealth Fund and led by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to help hospitals improve their processes for transitioning patients to other care settings and thereby reduce readmissions. Ms. Fitzgerald will discuss Baystate's creation of care teams to oversee smooth and safe care transitions.

The webinar will be moderated by Commonwealth Fund vice president Anne-Marie J. Audet, M.D., M.Sc., director of the Program on Quality Improvement and Efficiency.

To register for this free event, go to

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