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Monday, February 1, 2016
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Reduce Readmissions with Follow-up

A recent article in Managed Healthcare Executive outlined four ways to reduce hospital readmissions:

1. Get better, more timely data

2. Identify high-risk patients

3. Plan for discharge early and often

4. Follow up after discharge

Managing follow up is simply a matter of actually applying what's already available with tools like caregiver follow-up at home and more outbound communications from the hospital.

New technologies open possibilities for better post-discharge monitoring such as wearable devices or devices that dispense medications.

In all, better management, with staff commitment and attention to detail, should be able to reduce a hospital's readmissions.

[Managed Healthcare Executive, December 20, 2015, "Four Ways to Reduce Hospital Readmissions"]

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Depression: CMs Promote, Deliver, Monitor, Ensure Care

Sustained cost control will occur only with meticulously coordinated care that prevents avoidable complications and hospital readmissions for patients with chronic illness.

The practice of case management is paramount in coordinating care efforts to:

  • Promote adherence to treatment
  • Deliver appropriate self-care education
  • Continuous monitoring
  • Ensure follow up care

This is an era where quality and cost effectiveness are inextricably linked.

[Depression, Module F, CM Role]

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COPD: Professional Follow-up Reduces Utilization

Self-management support, including defining who will provide dedicated professional follow-up via telephone, has been shown to reduce healthcare utilization requirements.

It is also proving useful (as an electronic care visit) for:

  • Early detection and management of exacerbations
  • Reduction of unscheduled office and ER visits
  • Prevention of re-hospitalization

[COPD, Module F, CM Role]

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