Efforts to Reduce Pneumonia-Related Readmissions Doubled in Last Year

Friday, April 15th, 2011
This post was written by Jessica Fornarotto

Efforts to reduce readmissions in pneumonia patients doubled from 2009 to 2010, according to new market research from the Healthcare Intelligence Network.

Heart-failure-focused efforts rose 20 percent from 2009 to 2010, according to HIN’s second annual Reducing Hospital Readmissions e-survey conducted in December 2010.

Management of key care transitions such as the hospital discharge continues to be the primary strategy of the survey’s 90 respondents for reducing avoidable rehospitalizations, with 65 percent — up slightly from 62 percent in 2009 — reporting care transition management programs. Overall, medication adherence remains the top barrier to reducing hospital readmissions.

Other highlights from the survey include:

  • About 60 percent of respondents have created specific programs to reduce hospital readmission rates.
  • Three-fifths of respondents use risk stratification to identify individuals most at risk for returning to the hospital.
  • About 30 percent of respondents said the case manager has primary responsibility for reducing hospital readmissions.
  • Many respondents revealed that follow-up visits and phone calls are among the most effective strategies for reducing readmission rates.
  • Some respondents are concerned with how readmissions will be tracked and determined to be “avoidable” versus “non-avoidable.”
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