Infographic: Improving Care Transitions with Quality Improvement Organizations

Monday, February 18th, 2013
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

In communities where hospitals, other healthcare providers, and community services work together to coordinate evidence-based hospital discharges and provide better support in the community, hospital admissions and readmissions can be reduced.

Led by the Colorado Foundation for Medical Care (CFMC) as a national coordinator, 14 QIOs participated in a three-year project in which the QIOs convened medical, community, and social service providers and facilitated community-wide quality improvement activities to implement evidence-based improvements in patient care transitions.

The QIOs’ efforts included community organizing, technical assistance in implementing best practices, and monitoring of participation, implementation, effectiveness, and adverse effects. The program resulted in a 6 percent drop in hospitalizations and rehospitalizations, per 1,000 beneficiaries in the first two years. The average community netted about $3 million dollars in annual savings for Medicare. These findings were released by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in “Associations between quality improvement for care transitions in communities and rehospitalizations among Medicare beneficiaries.”

A new infographic illustrates the strategies used by the QIOs and results achieved.

Quality Improvement Organizations

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You may also be interested in this related resource: Care Transitions Toolkit.

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