Reducing Readmissions an Olympian Task

Monday, March 8th, 2010
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

Although the 2010 Winter Olympics concluded more than a week ago, several athletes are still making headlines. A figure skater, a skeleton racer and a snowboarder will appear in a series of videos from first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative to solve childhood obesity within a generation.

Also out of Canada this week is a new tool to predict a patient’s probability of readmission to the hospital within 30 days. A featured story in this week’s Healthcare Business Weekly Update describes how an individual’s LACE score (devised from Length of stay, Acuity, Comorbidity and ER utilization) can indicate their risk of readmission or death. That’s a gold medal strategy that healthcare organizations can use to reduce costly avoidable hospitalizations, as is a related Maryland initiative to identify reasons for potentially preventable readmissions. This week’s issue provides more details.

Back on U.S. soil, there’s a lot of work going on in medical homes around the country to improve care coordination and delivery. Take our fourth annual Patient-Centered Medical Home survey and see how your efforts stack up against those of your peers. (More than 50 companies have described their programs so far.) Respond by March 31 and you’ll be e-mailed a summary of the survey results.

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