|Initiative Spotlight: Kitsap County Cross Continuum Care Transitions Project (KC4TP)|
Qualis Health is proud of the work community coalitions throughout Idaho and Washington are doing to improve the safety of care transitions and reduce hospital readmissions.
One of these coalitions has recently been in the national spotlight. Have you seen the online video that highlights the role of skilled nursing facilities in the Kitsap County Cross Continuum Care Transitions Project (KC4TP)? The KC4TP has also had the distinction of presenting their work at local and national conferences, as part of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's State Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations (STAAR) initiative.
As part of the KC4TP, skilled nursing facilities work collaboratively with the hospital to provide “warm handovers” so key information regarding each patient is available at the time of transition. They have also compiled a listing of the various local skilled nursing facilities' capabilities, to facilitate smoother SNF referrals.
Your community coalition might consider implementing either of those two strategies, or having representatives across the care continuum all take a training session together.
Members of the KC4TP have:
- Undergone Teach Back training to improve communication with patients and
- Implemented components of the INTERACT program.
For more information, please contact Qualis Health and/or the Washington Health Care Association.