AF4Q Hospitals Improve Readmissions, Language Services and Other Quality Measures

Ninety percent of the nearly 150 hospital teams participating in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Aligning Forces for Quality improvement program have reported improved quality of care, including in the areas of readmissions, health literacy and emergency services.

 



Hospitals participating in the AF4Q effort were part of a virtual network where they developed, shared, and implemented quality improvement tools, strategies and lessons learned. Here are key results from the AF4Q quality improvement collaborative:

•    Sixty percent of participating hospitals improved their 30-day readmission rates for heart failure patients. Combined, teams that reduced their readmissions rate avoided approximately 486 readmissions.
•    Seventy-five percent of the hospitals improved their adherence to heart failure care standards.
•    More than one million patients were screened for preferred spoken language, more than half a million were screened for preferred written language and more than 4,500 patients had qualified interpreters at both initial assessment and discharge.
•    Ten thousand patients avoided leaving emergency departments before care was provided.
•    Fifty-five percent of participating teams reduced the time patients spent in their EDs by an average of 30 minutes.

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