PI (CME) Opportunity

May 7, 2010 at 10:07 pm Leave a comment

From time to time I see stories that suggest to me a no brainer for performance improvement. If you are in a  hospital take a look at this.

Hospital Check-ins May slow Heart Failure Readmissions

May 6th, 2010 By Steve Sternberg, USA TODAY

Hospitals can slow the revolving door that shuttles heart failure patients back into bed within a month of going home by following up promptly to ensure patients get the right outpatient care, a study shows.

On average, nearly 20% of the 1 million heart failure patients admitted to U.S. hospitals each year are readmitted within a month. Heart failure is the leading cause of those readmissions, which overall cost Medicare $17 billion every year and amount to 20% of all Medicare payments, government data show.

The new study involved more than 30,000 Medicare patients, ages 65 and older, at 252 hospitals that supply data to an American Heart Association (AHA) quality-improvement program…………

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