Orange County Stroke Rehab Network Quarterly Meeting Minutes January 14, 2010
The first meeting of the Orange County Stroke Support Groups took place on Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 7:30 pm at the American Heart Association offices at 4600 Campus Drive, Irvine, CA 92617. Below are the meeting minutes. For future meeting information, please contact us.
Intro and overview (see agenda). Participants introduced themselves and indicated their affiliations and interests/roles. (Members included MDs, researchers, PTs/PT students, OTs/OTAs, SLPs, RNs, Support Group leaders, Stroke Coordinators, educators, rehab directors, SNF owner.)
Discussion of aims of organization:
Sharing information with one another re: available programs, resources, services, practices, outcomes, research, etc.;
Creating a centralized information center/clearinghouse for available resources, services-e.g., website;
Creating a mechanism for communicating with one another-e.g., listserve
Delineating markers for progression in stroke recovery-where should patients be in terms of function (and rehab placement) at various stages of recovery?
Improving upon the continuum of care-better coordination/standardization among facilities, helping providers optimize outcomes and make the best use of available resources;
Facilitating patient, family, caregiver education about stroke and stroke management;
Addressing problem of limited outpatient services due to third party payer constraints;
Inviting an expert on medical benefits/best way to negotiate the system;
Coordinating/gathering regional data on outcomes/delivery of care models and compare across centers/facilities; possibly try to standardize (“best practice” ) care;
Providing continuing education units-need to explore mechanism;
Inviting other speakers-need to identify, schedule (assuming funding available);
Fostering interdisciplinary interactions and involvement
Taking an advocacy/political action role?
Meeting Frequency: probably quarterly
Next meeting/event: May picnic/day for Stroke Awareness-bring together the Network, patient/survivor groups, caregiver groups.