Can Hospitals Do More to Reduce Readmission Rates?

There are efforts that hospitals can take to reduce readmission rates after a hospitalization. In the third quarter of 2011, 29 hospitals in Southeastern Pennsylvania participated in a safety improvement project.

Together, the hospitals were able to prevent about 400 readmissions and save about $3.8 million in healthcare costs.

How Did They Do This?

One of the key steps taken by the hospitals was to improve communication with patients and their families. This included making sure patients, and their caretakers, understood both the patient’s condition and the patient’s discharge instructions.

A hospital readmission is not only costly but also dangerous and may be the result of a medical mistake or medical malpractice. If you, or a loved one, are in the hospital you can help reduce the chances of being readmitted by making sure you understand your condition and what you should do to stay healthy after your hospitalization.