As Medicare and other healthcare payers experiment with alternative payment models, the pressure is building on hospitals and healthcare systems, as well as post-acute care and outpatient providers, to deliver care in a more efficient way while improving patient outcomes. Among the most important issues in alternative payment models are hospital readmissions readmissions are expensive, a metric of poor-quality care, and often a sign of poor downstream functional outcomes. However, many readmissions are potentially preventable. The Hospital Readmission Reduction Program implemented by CMS reduces payments to acute care facilities with a high 30-day readmission rate. The key to keeping 30-day readmission rates low is preventing potentially avoidable hospitalizations by improving transitions of care and by providing effective primary care interventions. Keeping patients healthy and ensuring timely follow-up is paramount to preventing readmissions. Providers also need to ensure that the correct discharge orders for follow-up care are carried out. Additionally, including the patients and their families in the decision-making will lead to better understanding and hopefully better outcomes.
This conference will bring together healthcare leaders to highlight successful hospital strategies that reduce hospital readmissions, including improved discharge processes; successful reduction strategies for hospital acquired infections; patient safety; the impact of social determinants of health; reducing healthcare-associated infections; health IT solutions, artificial intelligence and digital health; optimizing transitions of care; the role of community partnerships; patient engagement strategies; providing palliative care across the continuum; health equity; payer-provider collaborations and more.
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