Tiptastic Tuesday: Reducing Hospital Readmissions

According to Yale News, hospital readmissions for older patients cost American taxpayers more than $15 billion per year.   Also, one in five Americans end up back in the hospital within thirty days discharge.  Rosalind D’Egenio’s six tips for reducing hospital readmissions include:

  • partnering with community physicians
  • partnering with local hospitals
  • assigning responsibility for medication reconciliation to nurses
  • sending patients home from the hospital with an outpatient follow-up appointment already made;
  • having a process in place to send all discharge or electronic summaries directly to the patient’s primary care physician;
  • assigning staff to follow up on test results after the patient is discharged.

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