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Activity Steps


The onset of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic increased the demand for inpatient services and led to widespread staffing shortages, contributing to delayed inpatient throughput and leading to capacity crises. Novel strategies are needed to facilitate the efficient progression of hospitalized patients when medically ready for lower levels of care. Implementation of a novel comprehensive framework focusing on optimizing patient progression resulted in increased operational efficiency and positively impacted length of stay at our academic and community hospitals. The authors' implementation of the Brigham framework for progression demonstrates that innovative approaches to case management can help address the evolving challenges in care transitions planning.

Learning Objectives

After completing this continuing education activity you will be able to:

  1. Identify the specific challenges in patient progression faced by health care settings during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, particularly focusing on inpatient services, staffing shortages, and delayed throughput.
  2. List the key components of the foundational strategic framework (Brigham framework) developed by the authors to optimize patient progression in acute and post-acute environments.
  3. Apply lessons learned from the Brigham framework to address patient progression in different health care settings.
  4. Evaluate the success metrics associated with the key interventions outlined in the Brigham framework.

Learning Outcomes

By the conclusion of this activity, a majority of the participants will demonstrate knowledge of the development of an emergency department (ED) case management case-finding tool by achieving a passing score on the posttest.
Price: $21.95


  • NAHQ 2.0 CEH

This continuing education (CE) activity is provided by Lippincott Professional Development and has been approved by the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) for 2.0 CPHQ CE Hours. CPHQ CE Hours are based on a 60-minute hour. This CE is approved for meeting requirements for certification renewal.

Test Code: PCM0524AHQ
Published: May/Jun 2024
Expires: 5/1/2025
Required Passing Score: 8/10 (80%)
Authors: Laura E. Smith, MD; Trancy Escobar, CMAC, MBA; Andrea McCabe, MHA, BSN, RN; James Grafton, MSN, MHA, RN, CCMd; Margaret Higgins, MSN, RN; Melissa Littlefield, MBA; Soumi Ray, PhD, MS; Peggy Leung, MS; Alexander Fiksdal, PhD, MA; Roaa M. Khinkar, PharmD, CPPS, CPHQ; Reg B. Wilcox III, DPT, MS, PT; Carolyn Yuse, DPT; Katie Fillipon, DNP, RN, NEA-BC; Thomas Walsh, MBA; Charles A. Morris, MD, MPH; Shelly Anderson, MPM; Madelyn Pearson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC; Mallika L. Mendu, MD, MBA