Rehospitalizations Are a Real Problem, Here’s How to Reduce Them

Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program

The Problem of Rehospitalizations

  • Medication errors or unreconciled medication history; medication noncompliance
  • Lack of proper follow up care and timely doctor’s appointments after discharge
  • Falls
  • Gaps in post-hospital services/lack of support
  • Infections & pneumonia
  • Failure to spot and address red flags about the condition
  • Failure to follow discharge orders/difficulty understanding or not being given discharge instructions

What is the harm of rehospitalizations?

  • Patient safety and comfort
  • Stress on patient and caregivers/family
  • Higher risks and mortality rates
  • Costs — both to the system/payors and to the patient in copays, services, etc. Additionally, a patient who suffers repeated rehospitalizations is more likely to need a higher level of care and often ends up in a care facility, which comes with both emotional and monetary costs.

An Effective Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program

EasyLiving’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program: Addressing Common Causes of Rehospitalizations

Medication errors, noncompliance, reconciliation issues

Lack of proper follow up care and timely doctor’s appointments after discharge

Falls

Gaps in post-hospital services/lack of support

Infections & pneumonia

Failure to spot and address red flags about the condition

Failure to follow discharge orders/difficulty understanding or not being given discharge instructions

Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program Results

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