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Monday, August 20, 2012
  Clinical Accuracy Spoken Here  

COPD: Pneumonia Readmissions

Pneumonia has been highlighted as a potentially preventable readmission. One study placed the pneumonia re-hospitalization rate for patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) as high as 20%.

Readmission of patients who were recently discharged after hospitalization for pneumonia represents an adverse outcome which is expensive, preventable and can be modified by the type and quality of care provided.

Measuring readmissions creates incentives to invest in interventions to improve hospital care and better assess the patient's readiness for discharge.

[Reference: COPD, Module E, Pneumonia]

  Excellence in Case Mgmt  

COPD: Successful DC Planning Reduces Readmissions

Overall, Medicare patients readmitted within 30 days of discharge result in annual costs of over $17 billion.

The fact that one-quarter of all hospital readmissions occur within 30 days of discharge suggests there is room for improvement in discharge planning.

Higher hospital-level and overall patient satisfaction with discharge planning are associated with lower 30-day risk-standardized readmission rates.

HCMs are a critical part of coordinating care and facilitating seamless transitions of care which are essential elements of successful discharge planning.

[Reference: COPD, Module E, Pneumonia]

  Improving Patient Care...  

COPD: Partnership for Patient

In 2011, HHS launched the Partnership for Patients, a public-private partnership to make hospital care safer, more reliable, and less costly. The two goals of the Partnership by the end of 2013 are to:

  • Decrease instances of HAIs by 40 percent compared to 2010.
  • Decrease preventable complications during a transition from one care setting to another, so that the number of patients who must be re-admitted to the hospital would be reduced by 20 percent compared to 2010.

[Reference: COPD, Module E, Pneumonia]


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