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Study shows barriers to reducing 30-day readmissions

Case Management Monthly, January 1, 2010

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The authors of Reducing Hospital-SNF 30-Day Readmissions: Underlying causes, perceptions and solutions from a disconnected continuum, will analyze the findings during a panel discussion January 28 at the Leadership Summit on Readmissions (www.worldcongress.com/events/HL10002/­speakers.cfm?confCode=HL10002). Before you access the full report at CaseManagementMentor.com, here’s a snapshot of the findings:

  • More than 75% of respondents said better communication between hospitals and SNFs would be highly likely to reduce 30-day readmissions; however, 30% of the hospitals and 36% of the SNFs admitted they do not currently require any dialogue between settings during the transition process.
  • More than 50% of study participants said they most often lack a true picture of the patient’s health during transitions, which contributes greatly to readmission risk. Information is also commonly lacking about medications tried in the previous setting and their ensuing side effects.

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