New initiative aims to lower hospital readmissions

The Enhanced Care Program, which includes coordination between an interdisciplinary team in transitioning patients to a skilled nursing facility, lowered 30-day hospital readmission rates, according to a study published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine and a report from Healio.

“Increased acuity of skilled nursing facility patients challenges the current system of care for these patients,” Bradley T. Rosen, MD, MBA, from Cedars-Sinai Health System, Los Angeles, and colleagues wrote.


Between Jan. 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015, Rosen and colleagues performed an observational, retrospective cohort evaluation to determine if the Enhanced Care Program, a collaborative initiative between physicians, nurse practitioners and other medical staff to help patients discharged from an acute care facility transition to a skilled nursing facility, reduces 30-day hospital readmissions.

The Enhanced Care Program included direct patient care in which nurse practitioners were available 24/7, medication reconciliation at the time of transfer and educational in-services for the staff of the skilled nursing facilities in addition to standard care.

Read the full story at Healio.

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