In this Reform in Action brief, lessons from Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) and RWJF demonstrate how hospitals and health care organizations are addressing the problem of avoidable readmissions by taking steps to help patients get the care they need.
Reform in Action: Reducing Avoidable Hospital Readmissions
Patients discharged from U.S. hospitals return far too often. Almost one in five elderly patients released from a hospital is back within 30 days, and more than one in three are back within 90 days. Although some readmissions are part of a patient’s treatment plan, many are avoidable.
4.4M potentially preventable trips to the hospital add $30B to US healthcare spending each yr
10 Things You Should Know About Care Transitions
Resources For Providers
Reducing Avoidable Readmissions through Better Care Transitions
Resources For Patients
How to Avoid Being Readmitted to the Hospital
Hospital Discharge Checklist and Care Transition Plan
AF4Q in Action
AF4Q alliances are working with local providers and health systems to help ensure care transitions are smoothed and avoidable readmissions are reduced in their communities.
What Works to Improve Care?
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