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I was honored to spend the first part of this week attending a joint meeting that served both as the Long-Term Quality Alliance's 3rd Innovative Communities Summit and the 2nd Learning and Action Network Event sponsored by the Integrating Care for Populations and Communities National Coordinating Center (ICPC NCC).
We helped found LTQA to address the important issue of improving transitions between hospitals, long-term care organizations and the community. LTQA does this by advancing best practices at the community level, promoting better care and outcomes while reducing costs, and raising the visibility of LTSS as part of the Health Care Spectrum.
ICPC NCC helps Medicare Quality Improvement Organizations promote the same kind of seamless transitions between health care settings.
Several LeadingAge members attended the joint meeting, including a team from:
Joanne Handy, CEO of Aging Services of California, also attended.
I co-facilitated a session with Amy Boutwell of Collaborative Healthcare Strategies that focused on 5 LeadingAge members who are fast becoming leaders in the innovative communities movement.
Majd Alwan, LeadingAge SVP of technology and CAST executive director, described how these members are using technology-enabled care models to help reduce unnecessary hospital admissions and readmissions and to keep older adults healthy and independent. Their innovative thinking has made a tremendous difference in their communities and the lives of the people they serve.
Proceedings of the LTQA/ ICPC NCC meeting will be published in the next couple of months.
I encourage all LeadingAge members to read them and share them with your executive teams and boards of directors.