New HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs Report Provides Insight for Addressing Hospital Readmissions Challenge

Press Releases, June 26, 2012

HealthLeaders Media, a division of HCPro, Inc., has published a new HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, which offers behind-the-scenes insights from leading health system executives of how to successfully decrease the rate of hospital readmissions after patients have been treated for an injury or illness.

"Strategic Solutions for the Readmissions Challenge," the latest HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, features best practices shared by executives from four leading healthcare organizations: Griffin Hospital; Parkview Health; Sarasota Memorial HealthCare System; and UPMC Hamot.

Produced in collaboration with Amedisys, the new report is available for free download at http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/breakthroughs/.

"For the past few decades, most American hospitals have been focused on getting patients out of the hospital in order to reduce the length of stay and associated costs," said Jim Molpus, strategic relationships director at HealthLeaders Media and co-author of the report. "Unfortunately, this strategy had a harmful side effect as patients tended to be sicker when they left and often ended up back in the hospital for the same condition. To successfully prevent readmissions requires healthcare executives to fill the gaps in the care continuum that have developed between the hospital, physician practices, community health resources, skilled nursing professionals and even the patients themselves."

According to Molpus, the new report from HealthLeaders Media shares insights and lessons learned from industry leaders to provide a roadmap for how other health systems can:

  • Improve communication and care coordination beyond the walls of your organization
  • Enhance patient education and engagement
  • Target disease-specific opportunities to advance the care protocol regimen
  • Develop technology solutions to upgrade coordinated care efforts

To find out more about HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs and to sign up for new-report alerts, go to www.healthleadersmedia.com/breakthroughs.

About Amedisys
As the health care system continues to evolve, Amedisys champions innovative approaches to providing home-based care to high-risk and chronically ill patients.  As an ally to hospitals, we work together to coordinate a continuum of care focused on improving patient outcomes, satisfaction and quality of life. Amedisys is a leading provider of health care at home, as the nation's largest home health and fourth-largest hospice provider. With an eye on the future, we've invested in the clinical expertise and infrastructure necessary to deliver quality health care and care coordination services. Learn more about how we can bring the continuum of care home for your patients:  www.amedisys.com/breakthroughs or call (866) 308-4004.

HealthLeaders Media
HealthLeaders Media, a division of HCPro, Inc., is a leading multi-platform media company dedicated to meeting the business information needs of healthcare executives and professionals. As an integrated media company, HealthLeaders Media includes HealthLeaders magazine, HealthLeadersMedia.com, the HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Unit, HealthLeaders Media Rounds events, HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs reports, and California HealthFax. All these platforms may be found online at www.healthleadersmedia.com.