Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates Monday, July 20, 2009

Hospital readmissions are common and costly. One in five Medicare patients were readmitted to a hospital within 30 days of being discharged in 2003 and 2004, which generated an estimated total of $17.4 billion in hospital payments in 2004, according to an April 2, 2009 New England Journal of Medicine article.

The featured innovations describe two programs that reduced hospital readmission rates and a third one that did not reduce readmission rates. Both types of innovation experiences offer important lessons learned. The featured QualityTools provide practical discharge planning tools.

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