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Managing Transitions to Care for the Frail Elderly, an Audio Conference on CD-ROM
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Managing Transitions to Care for the Frail Elderly, an April 26, 2007 audio conference on CD-ROM, explored how to create effective care management approaches for the frail elderly.

The frail elderly, which make up a small percentage of the over-65 population, utilize the most healthcare resources of this population,including inpatient hospitalizations, home care and long-term care in nursing homes and other residential care facilities. By creating care management approaches unique to this population, healthcare organizations can work to not only prevent acute care episodes, but also improve the overall quality of life for the frail elderly.

During Managing Transitions to Care for the Frail Elderly, a 90-minute audio conference on CD-ROM, industry experts John Charde, vice president of strategic development, Enhanced Care Initiatives Inc. and Laurie Russell, senior director of health solutions, XLHealth, described how their organizations service the healthcare needs of the medically complex frail elderly.

Listen to some pre-conference comments from our audio conference presenters.

You will get details on how to:

  • Work with the healthcare professionals where the transition is occurring to ensure a successful transition;
  • Develop care management programs that meet the unique needs of the frail elderly;
  • Identify the frail elderly in need of care management now and in the future;
  • Create an ongoing relationship and high-touch care system; and
  • Analyze the results of care management programs focused on the frail elderly.

Here's what participants said about the live conference:

"The conference provided proven data on alternative programs to ensure the well being of the elderly population," said an LPN with a healthcare management firm.

"The conference was very useful. I want to incorporate some of the information into my own daily case management," said a complex case manager with a national healthcare management company.

"Easy to learn format that covered all the major areas of concerns in caring for the frail elderly. The panelists were knowledgeable and articulate," said the chief medical officer of a Medicare Advantage Plan.


Nurse-physician-patient visits form the core of Enhanced Care Initiatives' "Easy Care" program for the frail elderly, pulling together all aspects of patient care. However, technology plays a vital supporting role -- from the tablet PCs that serve as a communication hub for nurses and caregivers to the in-home monitoring devices that tracks a patient's medicine intake. Dr. John Charde, vice president of strategic development of Enhanced Care Initiatives, describes how his staff relies on these tools:

XLHealth involves the elderly's caregivers and pharmacists in its efforts to prevent falls, says Laurie Russell, its senior director of health solutions:


CEOs, medical directors, disease management directors, managers and coordinators, health plan executives, care management nurses and business development and strategic planning directors.

Available in three formats

  • CD-ROM for computer play
  • CD-ROM for stereo play
  • On Demand version accessible online

Please note the stereo version ships as two CD-ROMs, whereas the .mp3 version ships as one CD-ROM.


John Charde

John P. Charde, M.D., currently vice president for strategic development for Enhanced Care Initiatives, Inc [ECI]. Prior to that he was consulting with a number of healthcare companies on chronic care programs, pharmacy programs, and Medicare Advantage initiatives.

Until June 2004 he was vice president for health improvement for Health Net, Inc., primarily responsible for the development and implementation of Health Net’s national chronic care programs.

Prior to this national role, Dr. Charde was the chief medical officer for Health Net of the Northeast Inc. [formerly PHS Health Plans] where he was responsible for oversight of all medical management activities for the plan of over one million members in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Prior to beginning his work at Health Net in 2000, he was the director of implementation for Kaiser-Permanente's Care Management Institute (CMI), where he successfully developed a national implementation network for the chronic disease programs developed at CMI. From 1993 to 1998 he was the associate medical director for quality management for CHP [which in 1996 became Kaiser's Northeast Division].

In 1982 he was the founding medical director for a staff model HMO [HealthShield] in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. which subsequently became the Hudson Valley Region of Community Health Plan [CHP] of Latham, N.Y. He served as medical director for that region through 1993.

Dr. Charde attended the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and completed a pediatric internship and residency at Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester. In addition to practicing pediatrics for over 20 years, he has consulted for the National Forum on Quality Improvement in Healthcare (IHI), the Joint Commission of Accreditation for Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), and ABC Medicover in Warsaw, Poland, where he helped develop the clinical components and quality improvement processes for the first managed care program in Poland. He has also been a surveyor for NCQA. From 2002 to 2004 he was co-chair of CAQH’s cardiac initiative, HeartBBEAT for Life. For the last three years he has been the chairperson of the not for profit Foundation for Community Health, which provides grants from a $25 million fund to improve the overall health of the population in the communities served.

Laurie Russell

Laurie R. Russell, M.S., R.N., C.C.M., is XLHealth’s senior director of health solutions. She plays a significant role in the design and development of XLHealth’s disease management programs and ensuring that clinical interventions deliver positive health and financial outcomes.

Russell has 25 years experience in healthcare, most recently with Johns Hopkins HealthCare, where she was senior director of care management and played a key role in a major departmental reorganization that integrated disease management, utilization management and behavioral healthcare management services. Prior to that, as director of disease management, she was instrumental in the development, implementation and monitoring of 12 specialty disease programs and revenue enhancement initiatives for Johns Hopkins.

Russell has a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from College of Notre Dame, Baltimore, and holds a master’s degree in Health Services Administration from Central Michigan University. She is also a certified case manager.

Publication Date: April 26, 2007
Number of Pages: 90 Minutes of Audio
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