The National Transitions of Care Coalition

NTOCC is a group of organizations and individuals who have joined together to address problems associated with transitions of care: the movement of patients from one practice setting to another. During these transitions, poor communication and coordination between professionals, patients and caregivers can lead to serious and even life-threatening situations. In addition, these inefficiencies waste resources and frustrate healthcare consumers.

NTOCC was founded in 2006 by the Case Management Society of America (CMSA) and Sanofi U.S. to define solutions by addressing the gaps that impact safety and quality of care for transitioning patients. The original work of NTOCC was carried out by the Advisory Task Force – an invited group of leading organizations who coalesced around this issue and discussed ways to create and implement solutions that benefit patients. In 2008, a new NTOCC group called Associate Members was introduced, encompassing organizations wanting to support this important work and which were positioned to advance transitional care awareness and solutions. At the same time, individuals who wanted to stay abreast of NTOCC initiatives and tools began joining as individual subscribers.

Since its founding, NTOCC has created a variety of white papers and statements defining transition issues; tools to help health care professionals, patients and caregivers establish safer transitions; and resources for practioners and policy makers to improve transitions throughout the health care system. Most of these resources are available free of charge and have been accessed extensively within the United States and globally.

NTOCC has been so successful in raising awareness of transitions of care challenges and promoting effective solutions that in 2011 the two founders, CMSA and Sanofi, U.S., proposed organizing NTOCC as an independent formal organization. This proposal was enthusiastically supported by the Advisory Task Force and in early 2012 the National Transitions of Care Coalition was re-established as a 501(c)(4) organization.

Today, the NTOCC Board of Directors is proud to work with over 30 industry-leading professional associations, medical specialty societies, standards bodies, regulators and government organizations, which make up the Advisors Council to guide and develop NTOCC tools and resources. In addition, over 450 organizations participate as Associate Members that review, test, critique and implement NTOCC produced tools and material. Another 3,200 individual professionals, enrolled as subscribers, receive news and material from NTOCC on transitions of care improvement. All of this work is made possible by the support and advice of the Partners Council, a group of invited innovative companies seeking to make substantial change in health care delivery creating better patient outcomes with the highest possible safety standards at lower costs.