How Advancing Excellence is Reducing Hospital Readmissions

Members | August 09, 2012

On August 9, the National Partnership for Patients held the 5th quarterly National Priorities Partnership meeting. This quarter's meeting topic was "Accelerating, Augmenting and Amplifying Results," and LeadingAge's senior vice president for public policy and advocacy, Dr. Cheryl Phillips, was invited to speak.

On August 9, the National Partnership for Patients held the 5th quarterly National Priorities Partnership meeting. This quarter's meeting topic was "Accelerating, Augmenting and Amplifying Results." 

The focus of the National Priorities Partnership is to develop meaningful collaborations through public-private partnerships to develop strategies to address the triple aim of improved patient experience, improved health of population and improved efficiencies of care delivery. Session topics from this quarter's meeting included:

  • Authentically Engaging Patients and their Families.
  • Achieving Results: Exemplars of Collective Action in Support of Partnership for Patients Goals.
  • Achieving Results: Partnership for Patients Goal- Reducing Harm through Medication Safety.
  • Accelerating Action to Get Results: Next Steps.

I joined Mary Jane Koren, M.D., M.P.H., vice president for the Picker–Commonwealth Fund Long-Term Quality Improvement Program and the Dual Eligibles Initiative in speaking about the Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes campaign during an afternoon session entitled "Achieving Results: Partnership for Patients Goal-Reducing Readmissions Across the Continuum."

Advancing Excellence and Avoidable Hospital Admissions

Currently, Advancing Excellence is in the midst of rolling out a new goal to safely reduce potentially avoidable
hospital admissions from the nursing home. In her comments, Dr. Phillips addressed
the importance of staff stability and consistency and proposed that reducing re-hospitalizations from nursing homes is not
something that is done in isolation, but rather begins with bi-directional accountability
between the hospitals and the nursing homes. 

This includes meaningful
data collection and sharing, shared staff responsibilities to
communicate information, and recognition that a key part of this “team”
is the patient and their families to identify what information they need
and what optimal care looks like to them.  

Advancing Excellence is
currently developing resource tools for the nursing  homes to collect 
this data which will serve as a platform for a meaningful “root cause
analysis” approach to identifying opportunities to improve care,
recognize early changes in condition and reduce avoidable hospital
transfers in a safe and patient-centered way.