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Lippincott Solutions: 12 Ways to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

Submitted by ASchreiber on Thu, 06/30/2016 - 15:56

  1. Take a person-centered approach and refer to changes in location as "transitions," rather than discharges.
  2. Dictate discharge summaries within 24 hours of discharge.
  3. Send the patient off with a 30-day medication supply, wrapped in packaging that clearly explains timing and dosage.
  4. Make a follow-up plan before discharge.
  5. Monitor patients post-discharge using telehealth.
  6. Identify populations (the homeless, for example) at highest risk for readmission and pay special care.
  7. Chronicle what's happening with the patient after discharge.
  8. Pre-arrange post-discharge appointments for follow-up care.
  9. Consider physician medication reconciliation to avoid negative drug interactions.
  10. Ensure that patients understand the discharge instructions by making them repeat and/or demonstrate.
  11. Focus on conditions (COPD, for example) that are at highest risk for readmission.
  12. Listen to the patient.

Source: Lippincott Solutions, June 14, 2016
Source URL: http://lippincottsolutions.com/blog/06142016/12waystoreduceh...

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