Addressing Hospital Readmissions: Impact of Weekly Review.
Fam Med. 2016 Sep;48(8):638-41
Authors: Carek PJ, Malaty J, Dietrich E, Lombardi J, Porter M, Blanc P, Samraj G
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The prevention of hospital readmissions has become an area for improvement for most health care organizations. Systematic reviews have been unable to identify a single intervention or bundle of interventions that reliably reduced risk of readmission in a generalizable manner. The aim of this quality improvement project was to examine the readmission rate to a family medicine residency program inpatient service following the implementation of a once per week session that reviewed patients who were readmitted during the prior week.
METHODS: The inpatient admissions and readmission to the family medicine inpatient service associated with a large academic health center were used for analysis. The impact of a regularly scheduled multidisciplinary team meeting that reviewed a list of patients was examined. Readmitted patients who were at high risk for readmission were specifically identified. Descriptive statistics were used to characterize and summarize the integral data obtained. The weekly readmission rate was presented using a control chart.
RESULTS: The readmission rate for the patients hospitalized after the intervention was 18.4%, compared to the readmission rate prior to the intervention (23.0%). While not a statistically different rate, a significant signal was noted. Demographic differences were noted in the group of patients considered to be high risk for readmission.
CONCLUSIONS: Regular rounds of an inpatient team that focuses on readmissions during the previous week reduced hospital readmissions. The impact of these sessions appears to be multifactorial.
PMID: 27655198 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]