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Improving the Transition of Care Process for Veterans Hospitalized at Non-VHA Facilities.

Libbon JV, Austin CM, Gill-Scott LC, Burke RE. Improving the Transition of Care Process for Veterans Hospitalized at Non-VHA Facilities. Journal for healthcare quality : official publication of the National Association for Healthcare Quality. 2019 Mar 1; 41(2):68-74.

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Veterans receiving primary care through the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) are at increased risk of adverse outcomes when transitioning from a non-VHA hospitalization to VHA primary care. We intervened to improve these care transitions through identifying Veterans at a partnered community hospital, use of a multidisciplinary patient-structured discharge information sheet for community case managers to effectively communicate with VHA clinics, and implementation of a VHA site process for receiving information. We evaluated the intervention on two endpoints: the percentage-relevant documentation was received at the VHA before follow-up appointment and the rate Veterans attended a follow-up appointment at the VHA. Rates for receiving transitions of care documents were as follows: 0% preintervention (N = 24), 16% in the first 6 months of intervention (N = 39), and 83% after plan-do-study-act cycles in the second 6 months (N = 41). Veteran follow-up attendance also improved 25% preintervention to 54% and 71%, respectively. This process could serve as a model for transitions of care improvement.

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