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Discharge Planning Primer:
Community Collaborations to
Decrease Hospital Readmissions Risk


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Coordinated planning of a patient's care following a hospital or nursing home stay can greatly affect health outcomes, likelihood of readmission and/or emergency room visits, as well as cost to patients, providers and insurers. A discharge management plan that integrates community resources and programs can further ease the transition from hospital to home and improve continuity of care.

Discharge Planning Primer: Community Collaborations to Decrease Hospital Readmissions Risk profiles two aptly named discharge management efforts that access and maximize partner resources for their populations. CHOICES is a hospital-based case management program for older adults in Albany, N.Y., while CASA (Community Alternative Systems Agency) in Broome County, N.Y. is a community-based initiative that collaborates with hospitals and nursing homes to help frail elders and young disabled adults.

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10% Discount Both are client-centered models in discharge planning designed to meet the physical and psycho-social needs of their respective populations.

In this 32-page special report, "Discharge Planning Primer: Community Collaborations to Decrease Hospital Readmissions Risk," Nora Baratto, manager of the case management department at St. Peter's Hospital's CHOICES program, and Michelle M. Berry, CASA director, describe the coordinated approaches central to their hospital discharge processes and the impact their programs have had on patients' outcomes and satisfaction, hospital readmission rates and healthcare costs. The CHOICES program has been so well-received that St. Peterís Hospital now makes it available to its own employees as an elder care benefit.

And with readmission rates affecting quality and profitability, the healthcare industry is taking notice. In this special report, you'll also get a summary of more than 200 responses to a non-scientific e-survey conducted in 2007 by the Healthcare Intelligence Network on how healthcare organizations are working to reduce hospital readmissions.


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