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Identifying Hospital Organizational Strategies to Reduce Readmissions.
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PMID:  23118202     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
With looming financial penalties for institutions with high readmission rates, hospital administrators are under pressure to implement strategies to reduce readmissions despite limited evidence of effective strategies. The objectives of this study were to understand the process of developing readmission reduction strategies and to identify and categorize the range of strategies being implemented. The authors designed a qualitative study using semistructured interviews with 12 hospital administrators at 6 different hospitals. The following 6 categories of strategies were identified: (a) tracking readmissions, (b) using prediction tools, (c) implementing disease-specific or generic readmission reduction programs, (d) adopting electronic health record-based strategies to improve transitions, (e) recruiting frontline staff for program leadership, and (f) coordinating with primary care providers. The results highlight the myriad approaches to readmission reduction and the complexity of developing effective strategies.
Faraz S Ahmad; Joshua P Metlay; Frances K Barg; Rebecca R Henderson; Rachel M Werner
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-11-1
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of medical quality : the official journal of the American College of Medical Quality     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1555-824X     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Med Qual     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-2     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9300756     Medline TA:  Am J Med Qual     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
1University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
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