New Market Research: Home Visits Double
for the Recently Discharged

Anxious to avoid looming ACA-defined financial penalties for excessive hospital readmissions, healthcare organizations have intensified efforts to tighten coordination of care and management of care transitions for Medicare beneficiaries at risk of rehospitalization. The 2012 Reducing Hospital Readmissions e-survey conducted in February 2012 by the Healthcare Intelligence Network documented the highest rates of targeted programs to reduce readmissions in the survey’s three-year history.

The survey revealed that nearly 75 percent of 119 responding healthcare organizations have programs to curb hospital utilization, up from 64 percent at the close of 2010. Also, key interventions at the hospital discharge are performed more frequently: for example, home visits have more than doubled and confirmation of follow-up appointments for recently discharged patients is up 15 percent.

More results from the survey are available in Reducing Readmissions in 2012: Home Visits Double for the Recently Discharged, a complimentary downloadable HIN white paper.

HIN has compiled this third annual collection of readmissions metrics and benchmarks to identify the key strategies, challenges, target populations and health conditions of healthcare organizations to reduce avoidable rehospitalizations.

2012 Healthcare Benchmarks: Reducing Hospital Readmissions provides actionable information from a cross-section of healthcare organizations that have implemented successful programs to reduce readmissions.

Presented in more than 40 easy-to-follow charts and graphs, this report contains the following data:

  • Comparative 2010-over-2012 data on key activities, including a significant trend in the use of home visits to reduce readmissions, the role of the RN in the readmissions program, and the preparation of advance care plans at discharge;
  • Sector-specific data from hospitals and health plans on programs, processes and outcomes; and
  • Reactions to increased payor scrutiny of 30-day readmissions and ACA-mandated posting of hospital readmission rates.
  • Current and planned readmission reduction programs;
  • Populations and conditions targeted by readmission reduction efforts;
  • Tools and strategies to identify patients most at risk for returning to the hospital;
  • Strategies, protocols and policies to help prevent hospital readmissions in vulnerable populations;
  • The top tasks performed at hospital discharge to minimize the chances of a patient returning to the hospital as well as other strategies to strengthen the hospital discharge process;
  • Roles and responsibilities in readmission avoidance program administration;
  • The latest metrics on reimbursement trends for 30-day readmission rates;
  • Overcoming barriers to reducing readmissions and to the launching of programs in this area;
  • The impact of hospital readmission management programs on healthcare utilization, member/patient satisfaction and ROI;
  • The complete February 2012 Reducing Hospital Readmissions survey tool;
and much more.

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