The Affordable Care Act has placed significant emphasis on reducing hospital readmission rates, and hospitals around the country now face financial penalties through Medicare’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) if patients with certain conditions are readmitted within 30 days of discharge. Ensuring that patients, as well as their caregivers and health care providers, are prepared for the transition from the hospital to home is an area ripe for improvement. This transition time is often a weak link, exposing the highly fractured nature of health care delivery systems in the United States.
To discuss these important issues, and highlight strategies for improving transitions in care, we invite you to join us next week, October 20th – 24th, for a unique GHDonline video Expert Panel.
During this video Expert Panel, GHD Faculty Director Rebecca Weintraub will interview Jeffrey Schnipper, MD, MPH, FHM, who currently serves as the Director of Clinical Research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Schnipper is also an Academic Hospitalist Service Associate Physician in the Division of General Medicine at BWH and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
During this video interview, Dr. Schnipper will discuss his current research and address the following questions:
1. Why are transitions in care such a persistently difficult problem for delivery systems around the country?
2. What are the components for improving transitions in care? How have you identified which elements represent the greatest opportunity for improvement?
3. How can health care providers manage the tension between seemingly competing goals of reducing readmissions while also decreasing a patient’s length of stay in the hospital?
4. What role do patients and caregivers play in improving transitions in care? How have you worked with patients and caregivers as you conduct your research?
This panel is part of our US Communities Initiative, which is supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and aims to foster discussions between health care professionals on evidence-based practices, and translating these practices across disparate settings, to improve health care delivery in underserved populations in the US.
In an effort to understand the impact of our Expert Panels, we’ve created a short (4 question) survey. Your responses are greatly appreciated—please take the survey survey before the discussion begins: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2WJ3R29
We look forward to a rich discussion next week – please join the conversation and share your questions or comments!