Quality & Patient Safety

Project RED reduces rehospitalization rates

Patient Safety Monitor, June 1, 2009

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Patient discharge usually takes a backseat to other quality and patient safety measures that focus on keeping patients safe in the hospital, not when they go home. However, a new trial study’s results help prove that overlooking healthy patients leaving the hospital may be costly and unsafe.
After more than five years and $7.5 million in federal funding from the Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ), researchers of Project Re-Engineered Hospital Discharge (Project RED) have found that a thorough and well-implemented discharge plan can reduce subsequent hospital visits by 30% and decrease cost per patient by $412.

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