16 July 2013

READMISSIONS DROP WITH INCREASED PERSONAL CONTACT AND FOLLOW-UP.

In a recent study, a nonprofit health system was able to reduce readmission rates in patients transitioning from hospital to home. Pre-discharge education sessions, follow-up visits with patients’ physicians and post-discharge phone calls made a significant impact in reducing readmission rates.

In a group of 500 patients who recevied two or more personal contact interventions, only 17.6 percent were readmitted to the hospital within 60 days of discharge. In a group of 190 patients who received standard care with no personal contact, the bounce-back rate was 26.3 percent.

Collectively, the health system could save an estimated $5.5 million through their transitional care initiative. Find out how your hospital can cut readmission rates in this FierceHealthcare article. http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/story/reduce-readmissions-giving-transitional-care-personal-touch/2013-06-28