Every hospital in the nation has been tasked with reducing re-admissions, but the process is as unique to each hospital as it is to each patient.
In Minnesota, one hospital came up with an interesting strategy to follow up with discharged patients while not making a dent in the budget. When paramedics had downtime, they visited discharged patients to make sure they were recovering and taking their medications.
That effort was one of the highlights of Minnesota’s new program, RARE (Reducing Avoidable Readmissions Effectively), which started in January 2011. The group’s 82 participating hospitals and 100 community partners reduced readmissions by 6,211 between January 2011 and June 2013. The group estimates that the program saved $30 million among its commercially insured population.
The organization won the 2013 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award for Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality. You can read more on The Hospitalist.