Reducing avoidable hospital readmissions effectively: a statewide campaign.

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Reducing avoidable hospital readmissions effectively: a statewide campaign.

Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2014 May;40(5):198-204

Authors: McCoy KA, Bear-Pfaffendof K, Foreman JK, Daniels T, Zabel EW, Grangaard LJ, Trevis JE, Cummings KA

BACKGROUND: The Reducing Avoidable Readmissions Effectively (RARE) Campaign was designed to engage hospitals and care providers in Minnesota across the continuum of care to prevent avoidable hospital readmissions within 30 days of hospital discharge.
METHODS: Support for hospitals was provided on a one-on-one basis by a RARE resource consultant, as well as through the campaign website and a monthly newsletter. Hospitals had the opportunity to participate in any of three learning collaboratives-Care Transitions Intervention, Project RED (ReEngineered Discharge), or SAFE Transitions of Care. The operating and supporting partners of the RARE Campaign offered monthly webinars for sharing of best practices, and hosted Action Learning Days and celebratory events. Potentially preventable readmissions (PPRs) were tracked over time, and a ratio of actual-to-expected PPRs (A/E PPRs) was calculated for each hospital and reported quarterly.
RESULTS: As of December 31, 2013, 82 hospitals were participating, with 58 (71%) taking part in at least one learning collaborative. More than 7,000 readmissions have been prevented, and patients have spent more than 28,000 nights of sleep in their own beds rather than in a hospital. By the end of September 2013, the A/E PPR ratio was reduced by 12%-from .98 to .86.
CONCLUSIONS: The peer-to-peer networking and collaboration between hospitals facing similar issues, coupled with statewide resources, collaborating Operating Partners, and support for system improvements, have led to improved discharge planning, better management of care transitions and medications, engaged patients and families, and lower readmission rates.

PMID: 24919250 [PubMed - in process]

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