Alternative Care Settings To Reduce Hospital Use

Alternative Care Settings To Reduce Hospital Use Wednesday, March 13, 2013

When appropriate for particular patients, the delivery of health care services on an outpatient basis or in non-hospital settings can reduce costly use of hospital emergency departments and inpatient admissions.

The featured Innovations describe one program that decreased emergency department visits and two programs that reduced hospital inpatient utilization by providing health care services to specific patient populations in various outpatient settings.

The featured QualityTools include two patient assessment tools that supplement the featured innovations, as well as resources from a State campaign that aims to reduce emergency department use and redirect care to the most appropriate setting.

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