Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Florida Hospitals, Nursing Homes Team Up To Cut High Readmission Rates

On Monday, Letitia Stein, of the St. Petersburg Times, detailed how Florida hospitals are collaborating with local rehabilitation and nursing facilities to prevent costly readmissions. With readmissions estimated to cost the US health care system an extra $4 billion, around half of which are preventable, Florida care providers are establishing initiatives to prevent readmissions and lower health expenditures. This month, several hospitals and nursing homes in Tampa Bay are testing out a new tool, a discharge form that seeks to put all health care providers on the same page.

Click here to read the full article and find out more information about new initiatives being undertaken at Florida hospitals.

Click here to read previous blogposts relating to reducing readmissions.

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to read previous blogposts discussing improvement efforts for care coordination.

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