Humboldt County, CA

Creating Regional Partnerships to Improve Care Transitions
 
As patients move from one care setting to another, problems such as lack of follow-up care and miscommunication among clinicians often occur and can put patients at risk for serious complications and hospital readmission. Some patients have additional problems such as depression, social isolation, or a lack of housing or transportation that may increase their risk of hospital readmission. Nearly one in five Medicare patients discharged from the hospital is readmitted within 30...
The Data
In 2011, the California Health Care Foundation released a report of surgical rates of 13 procedures for selected hospital services areas (HSAs) across the state. The procedures, which are known to be “preference sensitive,” or “elective,” address conditions that could be treated with various interventions depending on the preference of the doctor and patient. At first glance, it can be difficult to understand what the four years of collected data mean at the local level. However, for longtime veterans of Humboldt County...

Quality Field Notes features key lessons learned by regional alliances of clinicians, patients, and payers in Aligning Forces for Quality communities as they work to transform local health care and provide models for national reform. The third topic in this series focuses on how engaged patients can lead to improved health and health care. Patients without the skills to manage their...

        

The Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) initiative in Humboldt County is led by the California Center for Rural Policy (CCRP). CCRP is a research center at Humboldt State University committed to informing policy, building community, and promoting the health and well-being of rural people and environments. Aligning Forces Humboldt is a network of health care stakeholders, including providers, consumers, employers, and community leaders. The project has three aims – provider measurement and public reporting, consumer engagement, and medical care improvement activities.

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Contact Us

Humboldt County, CA
Aligning Forces Humboldt
California Center for Rural Policy at Humboldt State University
1125 16th Street, Suite 204
Arcata, CA 95521
 
 
707-445-2806
Jessica Osborne-Stafsnes MSHS, CPHQ
California Center for Rural Policy
Project Co-Director
 
Melissa Jones
Aligning Forces Humboldt
Project Director