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10 Tips for Reducing Readmission Rates

July 28, 2016

10 Tips for Reducing Readmission Rates

Reducing hoshealthcarepital readmission rates is still a hot topic in healthcare, and rightly so.

According to Stephanie Reardon,  Revcycleintelligence.com contributor , the Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) states in their 2015 report1 that hospital readmissions are costing Medicare  dearly – to the tune of 26 billion dollars.17 billion dollars of this is deemed avoidable!

 

26 Billion dollars is larger than the 2016 nominal GDP of 46 percent of the world’s countries !

 

“Reducing readmissions requires careful planning and communication among each of a patient’s providers and caregivers, as well as with community social services and patients themselves. ”

-The Center for Health Information and Analysis

 

No business will be a going concern for long if they cannot stay profitable.While the financial impact of reducing readmission is clear, it can be easy to lose site of why the hospital is there- the patient. Reducing preventable admissions is a great first step towards providing the best possible care for every patient.

 

Reasons for unplanned readmissions vary widely, and not all can or should be prevented. A patient who has a difficult time accessing a primary care doctor due to cost, transportation, or any other reason has a greater chance of showing back up to the emergency room.

 

Although this is a highly complex issue, I feel that there could be some common steps that could be taken for reducing readmissions:

 

Everyone :

  1. Reduce hospital acquired infections. The old axiom still applies: The behandwashingst way to reduce infections is to wash your hands. Everyone, wash your hands !

Patients:

  1. Ask questions to clarify your discharge instructions.
  2. Follow all instructions from your healthcare provider
  3. Have a support system to help you be accountable for following your treatment plan.

Nurses and Providers:

  1. Leave your phone in your locker/desk and clean it at least when you arrive and when you leave work.            
  2. Over communicate with your patients. Ask questions to ensure that patients understand your instructions.
  3. Call or use telemedicine to follow up with the patient.
  4. Have a follow- up protocol tailored for patient populations at higher rishealthcare 2k for readmission (low socioeconomic status, those with multiple chronic conditions, comorbidities, etc. )
  5. Incorporate education into the patient’s stay. (yourself, nurse, nurse practitioner, nurse navigator, etc.)
  6. Work together as a team to incorporate a total treatment plan.

 

Let’s talk. Do you have any tips on preventing readmission? What are your experiences with prior hospital stays? I’d love to hear from you. 

 

Leave a comment or email me at jarret “dot” going “at” dexcomm “dot” com for topics you would like to see discussed, questions, or comments. Thanks!

 

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1- http://chiamass.gov/assets/Uploads/A-Focus-on-Provider-Quality-Jan-2015.pdf