Hospitals Around the Country Doing More to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

Hospitals around the country are implementing a wide variety of measures to reduce the number of unnecessary hospital readmissions.

Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., has launched a hospital readmission program comprised of evidence-based interventions proven to reduce unnecessary readmissions in the hospital. The focus will be on providing services to Mississippians admitted to the hospital with a chronic disease, according to a news release.

 

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University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, has also implemented tactics to reduce hospital readmissions. The health system and others in the area employ traveling nurses to check on patients at their homes, ensuring they take their medications, schedule follow-up physician visits and understand their post-discharge instructions, according to a Plain Dealer report.

UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco has also reduced 30-day and 90-day readmissions for patients 65 and older by 30 percent, according to a university news release. The hospital implemented a program designed to keep heart failure patients healthy by building a team of multidisciplinary heart failure experts to keep an eye on the patients after discharge. These experts target preventable readmissions by educating patients about their disease how to manage it while making sure they understand the education.

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