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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-312-464-5450.
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