Search Tag: readmissions

Cardiology Management

HRRP and increased death risk in heart failure patients

2017 14 Nov

While a programme implemented in the U.S. to reduce hospital readmissions was effective in curtailing the rate of readmissions, the same programme was associated with an increase in the rate of death among Medicare patients hospitalised with heart failure. The findings are from a new study published by JAMA Cardiology to coincide with the American... Read more

IT Management

Data Tools Reduce Readmissions

2017 05 Sep

Data tools can be utilised to improve care management. At Des Moines, Iowa-based UnityPoint Health, predictive analytics tools have been integrated into clinical workflows enabling the health system to achieve a 40 percent reduction in 30-day readmissions. It helps that the organisation has a keen focus on promoting a culture that embraces... Read more

Cardiology Management

Patients Readmitted to Same Hospital Have Better Outcomes

2017 14 May

New research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggests that patients with heart failure who were rehospitalised within a month to the same hospital were discharged quicker and were more likely to survive.  Ambulance policies in both the US and Canada require patients to be taken to the nearest emergency room even if... Read more

Executive Health Management

Hospitals Burdened by Readmission Penalties

2017 08 May

New research indicates that many hospitals are burdened by persistent penalties incurred for their excess 30-day Medicare readmissions. The study published in Health Affairs suggests policymakers look at other alternatives that could help hospitals avoid persistent penalisation, while still reducing the rate of avoidable readmissions. See Also... Read more

Executive Health Management

Inclusive Discharge Planning Process Reduces Readmissions

2017 10 Apr

Integration of caregivers into the discharge process for elderly patients can reduce the risk of hospital readmission. A study led by the University of Pittsburgh Health Policy Institute showed that discharge planning process that involved family members or unpaid caregivers was associated with a 25 percent fewer readmissions at 90 days and 24 percent... Read more

ICU Management

7 Variables Predict ICU Readmission: New Tool

2016 20 Oct

A simple and easy to use nomogram can predict the likelihood of readmission to surgical intensive care using just 7 common variables already collected for critical care patients, according to research presented at the 2016 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons. Luke A. Martin, MD, a general surgery research resident and the study’s... Read more

IT Management

Population Health: Cutting Admissions and Readmissions

2016 11 Jul

Health Affairs has reported that population health programmes set up to reduce hospital admissions may also cut readmissions. Following a study into Medicare data from 2010 and 2013 on changes in rates of admission and readmission, researchers found a strong link between a low  30-day number of admission and readmission rates. This was in spite of... Read more

Executive Health Management

HOSPITAL Score Predicts Avoidable 30-day Readmissions

2016 12 Mar

Researchers in an international, multicentre study found that the HOSPITAL score accurately predicted patients at high risk of a 30-day potentially avoidable readmissions. "Interventions to reduce readmissions are demanding and complex. We need to target patients who are most likely to benefit, which means identifying who is at high risk for avoidable... Read more

Cardiology Management

Hospitalisation for Heart Attack, Heart Failure: Lower Risk of Death, Higher Readmission Rate

2016 09 Feb

Among older men with heart attack, heart failure or pneumonia, hospitalisation at Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals was associated with lower 30-day all-cause mortality rates for heart attack and heart failure and higher 30-day all-cause readmission rates for these conditions as compared with hospitalisations at non-VA hospitals. Any absolute differences... Read more

Cardiology Management

Michigan 'See You in 7' Programme Reduces Readmissions

2015 15 Sep

According to a study published in JACC: Heart Failure, Michigan hospitals that participated in the American College of Cardiology's "See you in 7" programme demonstrated important reductions in 30-day readmission rates for Medicare heart failure patients as compared to hospitals that were not part of the programme despite only modest increases in... Read more