3 hospitals harnessing quality initiatives, technology to cut readmission rates

To boost care quality, hospital executives are challenged to prioritize quality initiatives and adopt emerging technologies that can help cut 30-day readmission rates.

Here are three hospitals utilizing innovative strategies to reduce readmission rates:

1. How pharmacists are slashing readmission rates at a Philadelphia hospital
Pharmacist interventions at Philadelphia-based Einstein Medical Center cut the hospital's 30-day readmission rate by more than half for traditional Medicare patients.

2. Geisinger researchers are developing a way to predict readmission risk — here's how
Researchers from Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger and University Park, Pa.-based Penn State are developing a way to predict a patient's risk for requiring more medical care three days after discharge from the hospital. 

3. How Advocate Health Care's nutrition program is slashing readmission rates
After implementing a nutrition care program for malnourished surgical patients, Downers Grove, Ill.-based Advocate Health Care hospitals saw a nearly 50 percent reduction in readmission rates.

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