Tips from our featured course
Heart Failure: Create Strategies to Prevent HF "Bounce-back"
Working to reduce avoidable re-hospitalizations is one tangible step toward the dramatic improvement over time in:
- Health care quality
- The experience of patients and families
In order to prevent patients from bouncing back into the hospital, front-line staff must create robust care coordination strategies across multiple health care settings, as well as the home and the community.
Particularly in chronic long-term conditions such as HF it is critical to include family and caregiver(s) in educational efforts and coordination.
[Improving HF Care, Module B preview, scheduled for Fall publication] www.athenaforum.com
Heart Failure: "You can't just do acute care anymore."
Follow-through across all levels of HF care is imperative. "You can't just do acute care anymore. If a patient presents and gets hospitalized for heart failure, it's not just good enough to get them feeling better and get them home.
It's how we take care of them for that next period of time -- certainly for 30 days, but ideally probably out for six months to a year."
Michael Dickinson, MD
Board Certified in Advanced Heart Failure and
Transplant Cardiology and Internal Medicine
[Improving HF Care, Module C preview, scheduled for Fall publication] www.athenaforum.com