Reducing the Readmissions Rate in a Hospital
One in five elderly patients is readmitted to the hospital 30 days after leaving. That is 2.3 million rehospitalizations a year that rack up more than $17 billion in annual Medicare costs, according to an April 2, 2009, study in The New England Journal of Medicine. In today’s consumer-oriented marketplace, where hospitals compete to offer better, more effective care, physicians and medical staffs must organize and work with hospital administration to achieve measurably better results. Medical staffs must strive to improve quality, reduce adverse outcomes and improve the patient experience. This program will provide steps to take to achieve these results. In particular, this program will explain how to go about reducing the readmission rate at your hospital. The program will provide insight on process improvement, organization and leadership. Should you have technical questions, please contact the AMA Unified Service Center at 800-621-8335. Should you have any questions regarding the content, please contact Katie Pajak at or 1-312-464-5450.
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Reducing the Readmissions Rate in a Hospital 
Release Date: August 1, 2013
Expiration Date: October 1, 2014


At the end of this activity, physicians should be able to:

  1. Discuss how to prevent readmissions.   
  2. Develop strategies for reducing readmissions in a hospital. 
  3. Examine effective transitions in hospital patient discharge.
  4. Identify how to enhance process improvement, organization and leadership within your hospital.   

Target Audience
This activity is designed for medical staff leaders (Chief of Staffs, Medical Staff Presidents, Medical Directors and Medical Staff members), medical staff service professionals and medical staff legal counsel.  

Statement of Need
This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians seeking strategies on reducing readmission rates in hospitals in order to help reduce the amount of cost it takes to rehospitalize a patient and to improve upon patient safety and quality care for patients.   

Statement of Competency
This activity is designed to address the following ABMS/ACGME competencies: patient care; professionalism; interdisciplinary teamwork; and quality improvement. 

Accreditation Statement
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement
The American Medical Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Receiving Your CME Credit
To claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, you must; 1) view the webinar in its entirety, 2) successfully complete the quiz by answering 4 out of 5 questions correctly and 3) complete the evaluation. 

Planning Committee
Haldley Callaway, MD - OMSS Representative/AMA
James DeNuccio, MBA, FACHE - Director, Physicians in Practice/AMA
Jim Goodyear, MD - OMSS Governing Council Secretary/AMA
Jay Gregory, MD - OMSS Governing Council Immediate Past Chair/AMA

Gale Hazen, MD - OMSS Governing Council Member-at-Large B/AMA

Robert Jackson, MD - OMSS Represenative/AMA
Brian Johnston, MD - OMSS Governing Council Delegate/AMA
Peter Kang, MD - OMSS Representative/AMA
Mary Kelly - CME Program Committee/AMA
Lynn Nowak, MD - OMSS Representative/AMA
Lee Perrin, MD - OMSS Governing Council Alternate Delegate/AMA
atie Pajak, MEd - Program Development Administrator/AMA

Mark V. Williams, MD, FACP, FHM, Professor and Chief of the Division of  Hospital Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Disclosure Statement
The content of this activity does not relate to any product of a commercial interest as defined by the ACCME; therefore, there are no relevant financial relationships to disclose for the planners or faculty.  

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Browser Plug-in: Adobe Flash Player
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Audio speakers or headphones

Should you have any questions regarding the content of the activity, please contact Katie Pajak at or 312-464-5450. 

Should you have any technical questions, please contact the AMA Unified Service Center at 800-621-8335.

Type:  Internet Activity (Enduring Material)
Activity Price
25 Registered Users
1 Credits> AMA> AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

0 Credits> AMA> Certificate of Participation for Non-Physicians