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Transitions of Care in Stroke

presented by Barbara Lutz, PhD, RN, CRRN, APHN-BC, FAHA, FNAP, FAAN

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Financial: Barbara Lutz receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Barbara Lutz has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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There has been increased focus on improving care coordination and transitions across the care continuum, due, in part, to the recent health care legislation focused on improving patient outcomes and reducing costs in post-acute care. In this course, Dr. Barbara Lutz discusses the impact of current U.S. health care policy on transitions of care for patients recovering from stroke, and explores stroke survivor outcomes across different post-acute care settings. She discusses the implications of the Impact Act of 2014 and describes existing transitional care models, with suggested applications to post-acute care for patients recovering from stroke.

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Dr. Barbara Lutz is the McNeill Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington School of Nursing. Her 30+ year career as a rehabilitation and public health nurse spans practice, research, education, and service. Her research focuses on understanding the needs and experiences of patients with stroke and other chronic illnesses and their family caregivers…

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1. Health Policy & Care Transitions

The first chapter of this course discusses current health policies related to stroke. Dr. Barbara Lutz begins by examining the effect of the Affordable Care Act and the Impact Act on care transitions in stroke. She compares stroke survivor outcomes across different types of post-acute care settings and identifies opportunities to improve care transitions for stroke survivors.

2. Types of Care and Transitions

Chapter 2 provides an overview of the different types of care transitions that may occur post-stroke. Dr. Lutz compares outcomes for stroke survivors across different post-acute care sites and discusses the role of the occupational therapist, or rehabilitation professional, in facilitating care transitions.

3. Transitional Care Models

The final chapter of this course provides a comparison of transitional care models and implications for practice. Dr. Barbara Lutz evaluates evidence-based transitional care models in acute care and provides research regarding the models.

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