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National Transitions of Care Coalition Continues to Build Support

Posted on 3/29/2007 by NTOCC ® in Press Releases

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The National Transitions of Care Coalition (NTOCC), founded just six months ago to solve transitional care issues, continues to build support within the health care industry and continues to draw great interest from consumer groups. Originally started by 13 national leading health care industry organizations, NTOCC has expanded to include 23 groups representing participants from throughout the health care spectrum. The group has been active over the last several months assessing the various options to improve transitional care and remains committed to working together rather than in industry and practice silos to make significant changes and recommendations.

As NTOCC has grown it has generated significant public interest. In order to accommodate the demand for additional information, NTOCC is pleased to announce that we have officially launched a public page on our website www.ntocc.org. The website allows individuals to sign up for information and receive reports on the progress of the work being conducted by the various NTOCC work groups including Tools/Resources, Education/Awareness, Concept/Health Policy and Performance/Outcome Measurement.

Patients, especially older persons, face significant challenges when moving from one practice setting to another within our fragmented health care system. Transitions in care settings include patients moving from primary care to specialty physicians; within the hospital, in addition to patients moving from the emergency department to various departments, such as surgery or intensive care, or when patients are discharged from the hospital and go home or to assisted living arrangements or skilled nursing facilities. During these transitions, barriers can impede communication or result in redundant or conflicting information that can create serious issues for patients, their caregivers and their families.

NTOCC is being led by the Case Management Society of America (CMSA) with support from sanofi aventis U.S. LLC.

Newest members of NTOCC are Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, American Medical Directors Association, Consumers Advancing Patient Safety, Health Services Advisory Group, National Business Coalition on Health, Predictive Health, LLC and Ontario Case Management Association. They join the American College of Healthcare Executives, American Geriatrics Society, American Society of Healthcare Pharmacists, American Society on Aging, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, Case Management Society of America, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Joint Commission International Center for Patient Safety (ICPS), Liptiz Center for Integrated Health Care, Mid-America Coalition on Health Care, National Association of Social Workers, Society of Hospital Medicine and URAC.


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About National Transitions of Care Coalition (NTOCC)
NTOCC was formed in 2006 to address a serious U.S. health care issue: filling the gaps that occur when patients leave one care setting and move to another care setting.  These transitions include patients moving from primary care to specialty physicians; moving or transferring patients from the emergency department to intensive care or surgery; or when patients are discharged from the hospital to home, assisted living arrangements, or skilled nursing facilities.  The U.S. healthcare system often fails to meet the needs of elderly patient populations during these transitions because care is rushed and responsibility is fragmented with little communication across care settings and multiple providers.  These failures lead to undue burdens on patients and their families and negatively impact patient safety, quality of care and outcomes.  The focus of NTOCC is to bring together thought leaders and health care experts from various settings to address this critical issue, define solutions and develop tools to address the gaps impacting patient care.  Tools and resources developed by NTOCC will be made available to everyone in the health care industry including providers, payers, patients and consumers.  NTOCC is chaired and coordinated by the Case Management Society of America and sponsored by sanofi-aventis U.S. LLC. Visit www.ntocc.org.

About sanofi-aventis
Sanofi-aventis, a leading global pharmaceutical company, discovers, develops and distributes therapeutic solutions to improve the lives of everyone. Sanofi-aventis is listed in Paris (EURONEXT : SAN) and in New York (NYSE : SNY). Visit www.sanofi-aventis.us or www.sanofi-aventis.com.

About Case Management Society of America (CMSA)
Established in 1990, the Case Management Society of America is an international non-profit 501(c)(6) multi-disciplinary professional association dedicated to the support and advancement of the case management profession through educational forums, networking opportunities, legislative advocacy, and establishing standards to advance the profession. It is based in Little Rock, AR, and serves more than 20,000 members/subscribers and 70 affiliate and pending chapters. Since its inception, CMSA has been at the forefront of setting professional standards for the industry, which allows for the highest level of efficiency and integrity, as well as developing national and local leaders who are recognized for their practice and professional excellence. For more information on CMSA, call CMSA at (501) 225-2229 or go to www.cmsa.org.