Reducing Readmissions in Special Settings
Reducing Readmissions in Special Settings Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Hospital readmissions are costly and often avoidable with better care transitions between hospitals and different care settings. According to a recent study, 23.5 percent of all patients discharged to skilled nursing facilities in 2006 were rehospitalized within 30 days, at a total cost of $4.34 billion per year to the Medicare program.
The featured Innovations describe three different programs that reduced hospital readmissions from long-term residential care and skilled nursing facilities, leading to significant cost savings.
The featured QualityTools provide resources and tools for improving transitions of care and reducing avoidable rehospitalizations.
- Person-Centered Care for Residents with Dementia Exhibiting Aggressive Behavior Reduces Psychiatric Hospitalizations and Behavior-Related Medications
- Collaborative Medication Reconciliation Significantly Reduces Errors and Readmissions in Patients Discharged to Nursing Homes
- Postdischarge Followup Calls to Skilled Nursing Facilities Reduce Heart Failure Readmissions by Two-Thirds
Also in This Issue:
- Checklist-Guided Process Reduces Surgery-Related Mortality and Complications
- Electronic Referrals and Communications Reduce Wait Times for Specialty Appointments and Improve Clinician Communication and Quality of Care
- Provider-Lawyer Partnerships Enhance Access to Health-Related Legal Services for Low-Income Rural Patients, Leading to Favorable Resolutions for the Client
- Shared Decisionmaking Tools Plus Peer Support Lead to More Efficient and Effective Mental Health Consultations and High Satisfaction
- Foundation Supports Rural Stakeholders in Promoting Better Eating and Physical Activity, Leading to Anecdotal Reports of Improved Behaviors and Outcomes
- One-Time Personalized Electronic Reminder From Primary Care Physician to Patient Does Not Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates