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Health Care Leader Action Guide to Reduce Avoidable Readmissions


This guide for hospital leaders and administrators provides strategies to assess, prioritize, implement, and monitor efforts to reduce avoidable readmissions and reduce costs in the health care system. A four-step approach is presented as an approach to follow at different stages of the care. The four steps are:

  1. Examine your hospital's current rate of readmissions
  2. Assess and prioritize your improvement opportunities
  3. Develop an action plan of strategies to implement
  4. Monitor your hospital’s progress


Health Research & Educational Trust

Funding Sources

Commonwealth Fund; John A. Hartford Foundation

QualityTool Topic



  • Release Date: 01/2010
  • Original Summary: 08/2011
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Last updated: March 14, 2012.