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Pennsylvania Hospitals Focus on Reducing Readmissions via Care Transitions

April 15, 2019

Preventing avoidable hospital readmissions continues as a priority for HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals. Research has found that acute and post-acute care organizations face unique challenges and barriers during care transitions which can affect readmissions. To address this opportunity, HAP’s Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) has launched a series of tools during the National Care Transitions Awareness Day on April 16.

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HAP’s HIIN staff have partnered with Quality Insights to produce a 20-page Guide to Building a Community Coalitions for Acute and Post-Acute Transitions which will be emailed to HAP HIIN hospitals. In addition, HAP HIIN participants also will receive a link to a free recorded webinar, “Post-Acute Care: Building Effective Transitions of Care and Community Coalitions” and receive information about a April 30 webinar on transitional care. 

Through the HAP HIIN, hospitals are working together to share best practices and improve patient safety and outcomes. The most recent Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) Hospital Performance report found that Pennsylvania hospital decreased mortality and readmissions.

Developed by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the April 16 National Care Transitions Awareness Day is designed to increase awareness and action in the beneficiary and provider communities of the importance of safe and effective care transitions between all care settings.

HAP HIIN hospitals interested in learning more about the Readmissions Reduction Project, the Guide to Building a Community Coalitions for Acute and Post-Acute Transitions, and the April 30 webinar, may contact HAP HIIN’s Beth Murray, project manager, readmissions. Hospitals interested in joining the HAP HIIN should contact HAP’s Rob Shipp, vice president, quality and population health.

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