Implementation of a Transition of Care Coordinator at a Military Treatment Facility

Dana Nguyen, Blake Busey, Mark Stackle, Tammy Donoway, Sarah Strickland, Ashley Roselle, Scott Hahn, Nick Bennett

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UNLABELLED: A patient's transition from the inpatient to the outpatient setting is complex and prone to medical errors. This subsequently increases patient morbidity and cost to the healthcare system.

METHODS: Our quality improvement initiative used a licensed clinical social worker from within a Family Medicine residency clinic to serve as a Transitions of Care Coordinator (TOCC) with the goal of decreasing patient morbidity and system cost.

RESULTS: The number of documented patient contacts by our primary care office in the postdischarge period increased significantly after implementation of the TOCC (3.1% vs 40.2%, P=.01). Pearson correlation during our postimplementation period suggested an inverse relationship between contact by a TOCC and emergency department (ED) and hospital utilization rates (r=-0.68, P=.05 and r=0.062, P=.005, respectively). However, the percentage of ED visits (11.9% vs 20.8%, P=.02) and hospital readmissions (5.6% vs 13.7%, P=.01) significantly increased overall between the pre-and postimplementation periods.

CONCLUSIONS: The implementation of a TOCC within a military Family Medicine residency clinic significantly increased the frequency of ED visits and readmissions to the inpatient service for patients discharged from the Family Medicine inpatient service.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-52
Number of pages6
JournalU.S. Army Medical Department journal
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016


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