Avoiding Care Breakdowns That Lead to Readmissions

Monday, December 7th, 2009
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

Five potential care breakdowns and how to avoid them are detailed in this week’s Healthcare Business Weekly Update. Also profiled is a groundbreaking Baton Rouge pilot pairing a hospitalized patient with a health coach to prepare for post-discharge and getting great results — an 80 percent reduction in unnecessary readmissions. As Aetna’s national medical director for Medicare Dr. Randall Krakauer said during last week’s conference on Aligning Reimbursement to Readmissions, “If we can cut even a minority of these avoidable readmissions, the savings and cost is considerable and the quality issues are even greater.” Dr. Kraukauer describes Aetna’s focus on the post-discharge period in its care transitions program for Medicare beneficiaries.

Our November survey on readmission reduction strategies is now closed, but you can still request a free summary of the results when they are compiled later this month to learn how more than 100 healthcare companies are working to reduce avoidable readmissions.

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