Reducing readmissions remains target one for many hospitals. After all, studies show that up to 25 percent of patients will be readmitted within 30 days. However, research also reveals that many readmissions can be prevented. How? By putting a few simple tactics in place, hospitals can move toward lower readmissions and a higher standard of care.
Start by understanding readmissions and why they happen. Which patient populations are most at risk? Look not only at disease or condition but also at demographics. Research by the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project showed that maternal readmission rates among uninsured and Medicaid patients were double that of privately insured patients. The Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative found that some of the highest readmission rates (23-26%) are for heart failure and COPD patients. Analyze your data to find the trends; then you can better determine a plan to address them.