Initiative Improves Quality of Transitions After Hospital Discharge to Prevent Readmissions

A statewide effort led by key stakeholders in South Carolina successfully organized and implemented an evidence-based initiative aimed at improving the quality of healthcare transitions after hospital discharge to prevent avoidable readmissions. This promising model for engaging healthcare partners statewide and accelerating adoption of care transitions strategies is described in an article in Population Health Management, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the Population Health Management website until Aug. 7, 2015.

R. Neal Axon, MD, MSCR, and coauthors from Charleston, S.C.-based Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center and the Medical University of South Carolina, and Columbia, S.C.-based BlueCross/Blue Shield of South Carolina, the South Carolina Hospital Association, Health Sciences South Carolina, and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, report on the Preventing Avoidable Readmissions Together (PART) initiative--a statewide quality improvement learning collaborative.

More than 90 percent of the state's acute-care hospitals and hospital systems participated in PART events. The authors describe trends in readmission rates for all diagnoses and for specific diagnoses such as acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease before and during the implementation of PART in the article "Evolution and Initial Experience of a Statewide Care Transitions Quality Improvement Collaborative: Preventing Avoidable Readmissions Together."

"Outstanding applied research like this study enables other integrated delivery systems to benchmark their performance," says David B. Nash, MD, MBA, dean and the Dr. Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon Professor at Jefferson School of Population Health in Philadelphia.

Source: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News