Transitions of Care Along the Continuum of Health Care Services

Recorded August 9, 2017


Verna Reynolds Sellers, MD, MPH, CMD, AGSF


Ineffective transitions of care are associated with increased mortality and morbidity for patients. Post- acute and long-term care facilities must improve processes to ensure effective transitions of care from hospital to home. More resources and tools are now available to improve transitions of care, including two Society White Papers. This session will define transitions of care, list key issues in individual transfers between sites of care, describe interventions and tools developed to address key issues and identify the processes of care in transitions as related to value based payments.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define “transitions of care.”
  • List key issues in individual transfers between sites of care.
  • Describe interventions and tools being developed to address key issues.
  • Discuss the processes of care specific to the skilled facility interface in transitions of care.


1.5 CME, 1.5 CMD clinical

CME/CMD Credits available until August 2020


Member Non-Member


Speaker Biographies:

Verna R. Sellers, MD, MPH, CMD, AGSF, is Medical Director of Geriatrics Services and PACE (Program of All- inclusive Care for the Elderly) for Centra Health in Lynchburg, Virginia. Dr. Sellers is an internist and geriatrician with over 20 years of clinical and administrative experience. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and attended Howard University for medical school. She completed her geriatric fellowship and obtained a Masters in Public Health in Administrative Medicine from George Washington University. Dr. Sellers is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Geriatric Medicine and in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and American Board of Post-Acute and Long Term Care.

Dr. Sellers relocated to Lynchburg in 2008 for the opportunity to open the PACE program and expand the geriatric services provided by Centra. Centra is a not-for profit health system with a medical group, 4 acute care hospitals, and the spectrum of post-acute services including: LTACH, acute rehab unit, 3 SNF, assisted living, home health, hospice and PACE. Centra opened second PACE site in Farmville, Virginia in 2013 and third site in Gretna Virginia in 2016. Two more sites have been approved by the state and federal government. Each site serves 110-125 patients. In 2014 she joined the Board of Directors for Centra.

Speaker Disclosures:

All members of the education and online education committees have no financial relationships to disclose.The speaker has no financial relationships to disclose.