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NCD Pacing Event: A Community-Based Approach to Tackling Sepsis and Sepsis Readmissions

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Thursday, July 25, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PT.

This Pacing Event will focus on a community-based approach to addressing sepsis and impact outcomes such as readmissions. This session will use the work of the Home Care Association (HCA) of New York State as an example of the implementation and impact of a community-based approach that involves hospitals. The session will include the work by the Illinois Health and Hospital Association to coordinate with hospitals and home care agencies in its state to work jointly to address sepsis.

Summary from 7/25 Special Pacing Event: “A Community-Based Approach to Tackling Sepsis and Sepsis Readmissions”

To address the prevalence of sepsis, particularly cases that originate in the community, this session focused on community-based approaches to addressing sepsis awareness, education, and identification interventions that address patients and providers across the continuum. Early identification and intervention support to patients with suspected sepsis improves outcomes and can avoid both readmissions and possibly admission to the hospital at all. This includes patient education, ongoing assessment of all care providers, and effective communication across all parties. 

This session used the work of the Home Care Association (HCA) of New York State as an example of the implementation and impact of a community-based approach to addressing sepsis. The session presented the development and implementation of the HCA Sepsis Screening Tool for home health, its results in identifying sepsis and improving timely care to patients, and its impact on hospitals to reduce sepsis-related readmissions.

The session also featured the Illinois Health and Hospital Association, which is working to implement a community-based approach that leverages the HCA tool with its home health associations and hospitals. Their pilot hospital in this work discussed the partnership across organizations, the implementation of this cross-continuum approach, and early results from this work.

The guest presenters for this event were:

Al Cardillo, President and CEO of the Home Care Association (HCA) of New York State, who discussed the HCA Sepsis Screening Tool’s development and implementation as a resource for home health, and shared examples of implementation in connection with hospital settings and the impact on hospital outcomes

Adam Kohlrus, MS, CPHQ, CPPS, Assistant Vice President, Quality, Safety, and Health Policy at Illinois Health and Hospital Association (Michigan HIIN), and Cheryl Adams, RN, BSN, MBA, Home Health Administrator at Sparta Community Hospital, who discussed the spread of the HCA’s community-based approach in Illinois, beginning with implementation at Sparta Community Hospital. They discussed the early impact of this work in Illinois, what they learned, and their plans for continued spread.

The session was moderated by Zandra Glenn, PharmD (NCD).

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