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The Evidence That the Readmissions Rate (Readmissions/Hospital Discharges) Is Malfunctioning as a Performance Measure

Dr. Joanne Lynn Portrait

By Joanne Lynn M.D. [Also see companion post by Stephen F. Jencks, M.D., M.P.H.] Care transitions improvement programs have been effective in helping the health care system both become more effective in serving people living with serious chronic conditions and reduce costs. However, the key metric used to measure performance is seriously malfunctioning in at

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Reducing Readmissions from SNF to Hospital: Promising Effort Includes Palliative Care Consults

A three-part protocol, involving standardized assessment, palliative care consultations, and root cause analysis led to a 20% reduction in hospital readmissions for elderly skilled nursing facility residents, according to the AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange. Led by Dr. Randi Berkowitz, a Practice Change Fellow, the initiative focused on reducing the risk of hospital readmissions at

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