Preventing COPD Rehospitalizations: Acute and Post-acute Comprehensive Care to Enhance Quality and Improve Clinical Outcomes

Preventing COPD Rehospitalizations:

Acute and Post-acute Comprehensive Care to Enhance Quality and Improve Clinical Outcomes

A series of Live Grand Rounds Presentations and an On-demand CME-certified Webcourse.

Welcome to "Preventing COPD Rehospitalizations: Acute and Post-acute Comprehensive Care to Enhance Quality and Improve Clinical Outcomes." This CME-certified initiative is intended for hospital-based care providers, including internists, PCPs, pulmonologists, respiratory therapists, hospitalists, RNs, and PAs, who manage patients with a COPD exacerbation in the acute and post-acute setting. A series of live CME-certified in-hospital presentations will be held at locations nationwide and an online CME-certified webcourse will be available in 2015.

Program Description:

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the COPD readmission rate in 2011 was 26% among those with a major complication or comorbidity, 26.8% among patients with a complication or comorbidity, and 21.3% among those without a complication or comorbidity. In response, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are developing new quality measures to reduce 30-day readmission and 30-day mortality rates following admission for an acute exacerbation of COPD. Thus, the clock is ticking for hospitals to implement changes to reduce COPD-related hospital readmissions.

Developed in cooperation with the COPD Foundation, Preventing COPD Rehospitalizations is a case-based CME program designed to help identify institution- and practice-specific lapses that increase the risk for COPD rehospitalization. The program will also improve compliance with quality improvement tools and help refine discharge-planning and follow-through protocols. Clinicians will receive tools to successfully empower patients to engage in their care and improve adherence to lifestyle and management regimens, increasing the likelihood of adequate follow-up care and reductions in 30-day rehospitalizations.

Educational Objectives:

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Identify lapses in COPD care that led to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) quality measures, and identify opportunities to improve the quality of that care across the healthcare continuum
  • Apply current clinical evidence and guidelines to develop a comprehensive care plan that addresses common reasons for repeat exacerbations and hospital readmissions
  • Apply quality-of-care models and develop programs to foster effective transitions of care and ongoing maintenance treatments for patients with COPD

Accreditation Statements:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Potomac Center for Medical Education and Rockpointe. The Potomac Center for Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statements:

The Potomac Center for Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.