Executives from several Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) and Hospital Engagement Networks (HENs) shared best practices for collaborating to improve patient safety.
One in five hospital stays are complicated by a post-discharge adverse event and one in four readmissions occur within 30 days as the result of poor discharge care caused by rushed communication and poor handoffs.
Within 30 days of being discharged from the hospital, about one in five Medicare beneficiaries are re-hospitalized, and as many as three in four of those readmissions could have been prevented. The process by which patients move from hospitals to other care settings is increasingly problematic as hospitals shorten lengths of stay and as care becomes more fragmented. To improve care transitions and quality of care, Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) across the country are working to build multi-stakeholder coalitions, identify the root causes of readmissions, select interventions and put them into action.