This Week's Challenge: While great strides have been made in the reduction of 30-day all-cause hospital readmissions, CMS still penalized more than 2,200 hospitals in 2013 for exceeding 30-day readmission rates for heart failure, pneumonia and myocardial infarction. In 2015, CMS penalties will extend to acute COPD and elective hip and knee replacements. We wanted to see what strategies healthcare companies use to prevent hospital readmissions.
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What We Learned: HIN's fourth annual survey on Reducing Hospital Readmissions, conducted in December 2013, documented how more than 100 healthcare organizations are working to reduce hospital readmissions, including targeted populations and conditions, the most effective tool, protocol or work flow in reducing hospital readmissions; and much more. According to survey respondents, the top six strategies used to prevent readmissions are:
- Medication reconciliation: 72.9 percent
- Telephonic monitoring: 70.8 percent
- Case management: 64.6 percent
- Post-discharge coaching: 62.5 percent
- Self-management education: 54.2 percent
- Disease management: 54.2 percent
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Excerpted from 2014 Healthcare Benchmarks: Reducing Hospital Readmissions, which documents the latest key initiatives and partnerships to reduce readmissions by patients with heart failure, pneumonia, myocardial infarction, and other costly conditions, by more than 100 healthcare organizations.
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