Care Transitions: The Waves of Change in Health Care

Register now for The Waves of Change in Health Care, the 2015 care transitions conference that continues a community conversation that began in 2012 when health care and human services professionals and others in south King County met to discuss new ways to work together to decrease avoidable hospital admissions. Hospitalizations contribute significantly to the cost of health care—costs borne by insurance companies, taxpayers (Medicaid and Medicare), patients, and families.

Whole-Community Cooperation and Health by Design

Keynote speaker Dr. Marc Pierson discusses patient care with a hospital colleague.

This year's conference highlights include a keynote address by Marc Pierson, MD, Cambridge Management Group, a board-certified emergency physician and internist who is a leader in promoting design and implementation of accountable-care programs. His topic is "Whole-Community Cooperation and Health by Design."

Dr. Pierson will focus on the need for whole-community cooperation and health by design. He emphasizes the critical importance of supporting individuals—between health care visits, between institutions, and between information systems. And he will issue a call to action to individuals, institutions, and policymakers to reduce the barriers that keep us from fully integrating medical, behavioral, and social services.

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Other highlights

General sessions at The Waves of Change in Health Care include:

  • Improving Medication Management: Jeff West, RN, MPH, of Qualis Health will discuss medication-related drivers of rehospitalizations, pharmacists' and consumers' roles, and strategies for identifying and reporting problems.
  • "A Day in the Life": Kimberley Herner, MD of UW Medicine/Valley Medical Center, a RN Care Manager, a patient, and his caregiver will discuss their experiences in getting the supports and services needed to maintain health, with focus on patient-centered care, consumer engagement, community-based care coordination, and caregiver support.
  • Living Well Throughout the Age Wave: Alexandra N. Schwartz, DSHS/ Aging and Long-Term Support Administration, will facilitate a panel presentation on chronic disease self-management programs, with Kathryn Ramos, Patient Health Education Resources, Clinical Improvement and Prevention, Group Health Cooperative; Kimberly Cole-Nash, African Americans Reach and Teach Health (AARTH); and Michael Woo, LICSW, NHA, Kin On Community Care Network.
  • Palliative Care and Hospice—Intentional Conversations and Warm Handovers: Dr. Mimi Pattison, medical director at CHI Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care, will help participants gain a better understanding of how pain management and collaboration among palliative care and hospice professionals, patients, and their families can reduce hospital readmissions.
  • Health Equity—Addressing Social Determinants of Health: Linn Gould of Just Health Action will discuss how social, political, economic, and cultural inequalities interact to affect patient health and the health of our society.

The conference takes place on Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. (doors open at 8 a.m.) at the Renton Community Center (1715 SE Maple Valley Highway, Renton).

Who Should Attend

The conference is open to anyone engaged in improving health care quality and transitions of care. South King County hospital and home health care administrators, discharge planners, nurses, physicians, pharmacists, policymakers, social service providers, consumers, community leaders, and anyone whose role involves empowering patients and families to manage their health care are strongly encouraged to attend.

Last year's care transitions conference drew 160 people from 70 organizations.


Register online at Brown Paper Tickets (major credit cards) or by mail (checks). The registration fee increases after May 6, 2015. Through May 6, registration costs $25/person for participants from nonprofit organizations and unpaid family caregivers, and $50/person for representatives of for-profit organizations. On May 7, the cost increases to $50 and $75, respectively. Please note that registration may close early, as it did last year, and that there is no day-of-event registration.

Special thanks to the community partners who are making this conference possible through sponsorships, exhibits, and planning team participation:

Aging and Disability Services

Alzheimer's Association of Western & Central Washington

Asian Counseling and Referral Service

Careage Home Health

CarePatrol franchisees (Eastside, Seattle, Greater West Seattle and South King County)

Chinese Information and Service Center

Clinic Network | UW Medicine | Valley Medical Center

Developmental Disabilities Administration | DSHS

Family Resource Home Care

Fidelis Secure Home

Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care

Full Life Care

Home Care Referral Registry of Washington State

Judson Park

Philips Healthcare | Lifeline

Professional Registry of Nursing, Inc.

Qualis Health

ResCare Home Care

Senior Services

Sound Mental Health

University of Washington Center for Continuing Education in Rehabilitation

University of Washington Professional & Continuing Education

Washington Dental Service Foundation

Wesley Homes