Judith Perischilli

Transitions of care and improving patient outcomes will be the focus at the Mind the Gap conference Nov. 1. Nursing home administrators, clinicians at every level, case managers and others can earn continuing education credits via the loaded day of interdisciplinary offerings.

The free, in-person event features 30 experts and five plenary sessions. Special guests will include B.J. Miller, founder of Mettle Health and assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of California-San Francisco, and Judith M. Persichilli, the New Jersey Commissioner of Health.

“Participants will hear from national and state experts regarding the current challenges involved in coordination of care across the healthcare continuum and ways to improve communication between healthcare providers during patient transitions,” organizers said. “A focus on person-centered care during transitions between care settings today and in the future will be addressed.”

Other key presenters include Alice Bonner, PhD, the Director of Strategic Partnerships, Center for Innovative Care in Aging, and a witness earlier this week at a House committee hearing on nursing homes and the pandemic, and Trish D’Antonio, Vice President, Policy and Professional Affairs, The Gerontological Society of America.

Six hours of CE credits will be available for nursing home administrators, nurses, social workers and physicians.

Learning objectives listed by organizers include defining how health system fragmentation and  communication failures lead to poor-quality care transitions and recognizing the root causes of health inequities, including racism, ageism and social determinants of health and their impact on transitions of care for older adults and individuals from historically marginalized communities. Participants also will be equipped with the knowledge of core health equity concepts in order to empower them to act and confront injustice experienced during care transitions.

More about this loaded event, which is being presented by Complete Care Management, is available at its dedicated website. Sponsors include the Healthcare Association of New Jersey, Rutgers School of Public Health, several healthcare systems, and other associations for professionals.