6 most, least common readmission reduction strategies

About three-quarters (74 percent) of hospital leaders described themselves as "somewhat" or "extremely" confident in their ability to reduce readmissions, according to a Q-Centrix survey.

The Q-Centrix Hospital Readmissions Survey polled 320 c-suite, senior-level and quality professionals from hospitals across the country. They found that hospitals, on average, employ 4.5 different readmissions reduction strategies.

The three most commonly used reduction strategies are:

  • Completing a medication reconciliation process — 92 percent
  • Educating patients and patient caregivers pre-discharge — 87 percent
  • Conducting phone calls or other communication post-discharge — 84 percent

The three least commonly used strategies are:

  • Conducting in-home visits post-discharge — 26 percent
  • Using technology specifically designed to manage readmission risk — 18 percent
  • No formal strategy — 3 percent

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