Kathleen CameronSenior Director
National Council on Aging
Kathleen A. Cameron has over 25 years of experience in the health care field as a pharmacist, researcher and program director focusing on falls prevention, geriatric pharmacotherapy, mental health, long-term services and supports, and caregiving. Ms. Cameron is currently Senior Director at the National Council on Aging (NCOA) where she oversees the Administration on Aging-funded National Falls Prevention Resource Center and National Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) Resource Center. The focus of this work is to support the expansion and sustainability of evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs in the community and online through collaboration with national, state, and community partners. Ms. Cameron was previously with JBS International as director of a SAMHSA-funded technical assistance center aimed at educating the aging network, mental health providers and policy makers about behavioral health conditions among older adults. Ms. Cameron worked as a consultant to various aging and health care organizations in the Washington DC area from 2005-2014. She served as Executive Director of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists Research and Education Foundation from 2000-2004. In this capacity, she was responsible for successfully directing and securing support for the Foundation's federally and privately-funded research and education programs and initiatives, which are intended to improve the health and well-being of older adults through appropriate, effective, and safe use of medications. Ms. Cameron received her BS degree in pharmacy from the University of Connecticut and her Master of Public Health degree from Yale University. The topic of her Master’s thesis was medication use and risk of falling among community-dwelling older adults.
Poorly coordinated care transitions from hospital to home or other care settings can result in negative outcomes for patients who experienced falls in the hospital or were deemed at high risk for falls. This session will discuss strategies for reducing falls risk, falls and injuries during and after transitions of care from hospital to home or skilled nursing facility. Assessment tools and other resources will be described and examples of applications of these tools will be provided. Evidence-based community programs will be described as a means to reduce risks for older adults post-discharge as a means to reduce falls-related readmissions. Quality measures and value-based cost implications will be explored.
· Identify strategies to reduce falls and falls risk during transitions of care/post-discharge
· Learn and incorporate how to apply assessment tools and other resources for falls and injury prevention
· Assess why individualized falls interventions, including evidence-based community falls prevention programs, are key to improving outcomes and quality measures and reducing readmissions