Preventing Readmissions: The Key Is Successful Discharge Planning
About This White Paper
More than 35 million patients are discharged from hospitals each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This complex process is fraught with challenges. Among Medicare patients, almost 20% who are discharged from a hospital are readmitted within 30 days. This costs Medicare $27 billion per year—and approximately $17 billion of that is spent on readmissions that could be classified as potentially avoidable. Preventing these avoidable readmissions has the potential to profoundly improve both the quality of life for patients and the financial well-being of health care systems.
Download this white paper to learn how to improve discharge planning and reduce readmissions through:
- Better communication, planning and charting
- Common reasons why transition plans fail and how to avoid them
- Five steps for creating a successful discharge planning process
- Care transitions from hospital to home