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.

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