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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Care Transitions: Whose Job Is It Anyway?

5/20/2013  12:00:00 AM
Rachel Schulkin  (206) 684-8020

Conference to focus on eliminating unneeded readmissions at hospitals

How can we decrease avoidable hospital admissions that significantly add to the cost of health care? That is the topic of an upcoming half-day conference, “Care Transitions: Whose Job Is It Anyway?” on Thursday, May 30, 2013, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Valley Medical Center’s Medical Arts Center Auditorium (4033 Talbot Rd S, 1st floor, Renton). Register online by May 22. See below.

The conference is coordinated by Aging and Disability Services—the Area Agency on Aging for King County—in collaboration with Valley Medical Center and Qualis Health, the Quality Improvement Organization for Washington and Idaho. Participants will include south King County community leaders, policymakers, hospital and home health care administrators, discharge planners, nurses, physicians, pharmacists, social service providers, and health care consumers.

Care Transitions: Whose Job Is It Anyway?” continues a community conversation that began last year when health care and human services professionals and others met to discuss new ways to work together to decrease avoidable hospital admissions. Hospitalizations contribute significantly to the cost of health care—costs borne by insurance companies, taxpayers (Medicaid and Medicare), patients, and families. A significant percentage of hospital patients who have chronic conditions are re-hospitalized each year. The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission estimates that nearly one in five people with Medicare who are admitted to a hospital will be readmitted within 30 days, and that 75 percent of those readmissions are preventable. To read the 2012 report, click here.

Highlights of the 2013 conference include:

  • A key note address by a national speaker in the field of care transitions, Alicia Goroski, associate director of the Colorado Foundation for Medical Care.
  • A south King County progress report by Selena Bolotin, director of Washington care transitions and patient safety at Qualis Health.
  • Lessons learned from Together We Care, a Pierce County effort to coordinate care across all settings for individuals experiencing chronic illness by Kathleen Moisio, Comprehensive Gerontologic Education Partnership, Pacific Lutheran University.
  • Opportunities for small group discussion and networking.

Anyone whose role involves empowering patients and families—including their own—to manage their health care is encouraged to attend. Register online by Wednesday, May 22, or e-mail Aging and Disability Services planner Irene Stewart at


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