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Strategies to lower hospital readmission ratesJun 23, 2010 12:35 EDT
In their recent paper, Harlan Krumholz's group estimated the hospital readmission rate for congestive heart failure at 20%. Are we doing enough to address this issue? In my practice, our preventive strategies to keep readmission rates down are essentially threefold:
- Early follow-up with the patient (within one week of discharge).
- Clear communication pertaining to medications.
- Frequent communication via telephone by our nurse practitioner.
What are your strategies to keep patients from readmitting?
Bueno H, Ross JS, Wang Y, et al Trends in Length of Stay and Short-term Outcomes Among Medicare Patients Hospitalized for Heart Failure, 1993-2006. JAMA. 2010;303(21):2141-2147. Abstract.