Case Managers Top Care Transition Coordinators for Half of Healthcare Organizations

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011
This post was written by Jessica Fornarotto

Tighter management of transitions in care can help to close care gaps and reduce rehospitalizations, ER visits and medication errors, but which staff members have chief responsibility for the management of care transitions?

In its second annual Managing Care Transitions Across Sites e-survey, conducted in May 2010, the Healthcare Intelligence Network captured the essentials of care transition management from 87 healthcare organizations. The survey highlighted slight increases from 2009 to 2010 in both the number of programs to manage transitions in care and the number of organizations conducting home visits in 2010 to improve care transitions. The survey also identified the top coordinators of care transitions.

Survey Highlights

  • Nearly 52 percent of respondents use case managers as their care transition coordinators.
  • About 28 percent of respondents have discharge planners as their coordinators, while almost 27 percent have nurse practitioners.
  • Of the 22 percent of responding organizations who answered “Other,” some are using RNs as their coordinators.
  • According to 15 percent of respondents, a transition coach or social worker is their care transition coordinator of choice.
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