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RARE Report - July 2014

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RARE Report

The RARE Report updates participating hospitals and Community Partners on news and events related to the RARE Campaign, demonstrates how hospitals and Community Partners can work together across the continuum of care, shares best practices, and provides tools to keep all stakeholders engaged and implementing improvements to achieve RARE goals. Please send your feedback to: Mary Beth Schwartz.

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In This Issue

  1. Campaign Wraps Up With Celebration, Final Action Learning Day
  2. Looking Forward
  3. RARE Campaign in the News
  4. Other News

Campaign Wraps Up With Final Action Learning Day and Celebration

Last Action Day AttendeesMore than 100 RARE Campaign participants gathered on June 17, 2014 for the final Action Learning Day and a special celebration of our achievements. Our learning day keynote speaker was Eric Coleman, MD, MPH, professor of medicine and director of the Care Transitions Program at the University of Colorado, who has been a strong supporter of the campaign since the beginning. Dr. Coleman’s remarks focused on these four topics:

  • The ever-changing health policy landscape, including the shift from encounters to episodes to populations
  • Rethinking patient and family engagement and understanding the true contributions of family caregivers
  • How building a better admission assessment can help us avoid being “all assessed up and nowhere to go”
  • The next frontier: building robust feedback loops, or, design with the end-user (or next-user) in mind.

Other presentations included:

  • Patient and Family Engagement: Pamela K. Greenhouse, MBA, Patient and Family Centered Care Innovation Center, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • End of Life Care: Gloria Cade, RN, Allina Health
  • Symphony of Care: Carmen Hansen, RN, BSN and Jan Schuerman, MBA, Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement

We wrapped up the day with a reception featuring remarks by Eric Coleman, HealthEast’s Rahul Koranne, MD and the three operating partner CEOs, along with the premiere of a new video highlighting how the 86 participating hospitals and more than 100 community partners have improved the health of our communities, provided better care and reduced costs.

Participants received a certificate and had the opportunity to take team photos with the Eisenberg Award. See more photos and many of the presentations. We encourage all campaign participants to add the video link to their website to promote their work to reduce readmissions as part of RARE. Please contact ICSI’s Mary Beth Schwartz or Stratis Health’s Deb McKinley with questions.


Looking Forward

Although the RARE Campaign came to an official close in June, we recognize that the work will continue and sustaining the gains is our goal. Participating hospitals will continue to receive quarterly data from the Minnesota Hospital Association so they can gauge their progress. Although this is the last edition of the RARE Report newsletter, the website and all its resources will continue to be available, and the RARE mental health collaborative runs through spring of 2015.

Operating partner CEOs and Eric Coleman
The CEOs of the RARE Operating Partners
with keynoter Eric Coleman: L to R,
Lawrence Massa, MHA; Sanne Magnan, ICSI;
and Jennifer Lundblad, Stratis Health.

Looking to the future, the three operating partners (ICSI, MHA, and Stratis Health) recognize the value and impact we can have by working together and joining forces to address issues of shared interest, and we are committed to building on the success of RARE. For many months we have talked about “the next big thing” at our regular meetings, and have been fortunate to consult with national leaders—Eric Coleman, Mary Naylor, and Cheri Latimer—who have supported us on the RARE journey as we look to frame the future.

While we don’t know the precise focus of what’s next, we will continue to assess the needs and look for the best opportunity. Your feedback about RARE will be used to help us design future collaborative work that is both valuable and effective. Stay tuned in the coming months for what’s next, even as you celebrate your RARE success and continue the work.

At the June 17 celebration, Stratis Health CEO Jennifer Lundblad shared a story that reminds us—in a very personal way—why this work is so important. “My Dad was hospitalized for six days in January with a staph infection in his spine. It was a scary and very painful time for him, and for me as his daughter. But he had a good transition home, and is now sleeping in his own bed with his own pillow. It’s a reminder that the work we all do is personal—it’s about our families, friends, and neighbors. My Dad and so many like him are counting on all of us to help improve their health and health care.”


RARE Campaign in the News

Minnesota’s RARE Campaign Finds Success in Reducing Readmissions
This article in the May 2014 Patient Safety Monitor Journal, which includes comments from ICSI’s Kathy Cummings, MHA’s Kattie Bear-Pfaffendorf, and Stratis Health’s Kim McCoy, talks about what made the RARE Campaign successful and the applicability of the model to other states. Read the article.


Other News

Physician Email Notification System Improves Patient Care
Providing physicians with e-mail notifications about tests pending at discharge may improve health outcomes, clinician awareness of patient status and care transitions, according to a recent study. Data showed 76 percent of attending and primary care physicians who received e-mail notifications were aware of the pending tests, compared with 38 percent of those who did not receive the notifications. (Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, May 2014)

Frequent In-Person Home Visits can Reduce Both Readmission and Death for Patients With Heart Failure
Home-visiting programs and multidisciplinary heart failure clinic interventions can reduce hospital readmission and improve survival for patients with heart failure, according to research from RTI International and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (Medical XPress, May 28, 2014)


The RARE Report is brought to you by the RARE Campaign’s Operating Partners: Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement, Minnesota Hospital Association and Stratis Health, with contributions by the campaign’s Supporting Partners, Minnesota Medical Association, MN Community Measurement and VHA Upper Midwest.

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