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HAP Works with Pennsylvania Hospitals to Reduce Preventable Hospital Readmissions

When a patient discharged from a hospital is readmitted within 30 days, it is known as a hospital readmission. Many times hospital readmissions can be avoided.

Readmissions may occur as the result of:

  • Lack of complete understanding and poor communication during the patient discharge process, or during patient transfer to another care setting
  • Lack of patient resources for follow-up care such as medications
  • Challenges caring for a patient with complex needs at home or in other care settings

HAP, through the work of its Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN), is working to improve patient care transitions by:

HIIN Goals:

  • Achieve and sustain a 20 percent reduction in 30-day all-cause readmissions

For additional information about participating in the Patient Care Transitions/Readmission initiative or if you have a best practice to share about this initiative, please contact Sandra Abnett, project manager.

Related News

November 15, 2018

News Release: New Report: PA Hospitals Decrease Mortality, Readmissions

News Release:  Pennsylvania’s hospitals continue to make strides in improving the quality and outcomes of the care they deliver to patients across the commonwealth, according to a report released today by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4).


November 05, 2018

HAP Achievement Awards Spotlight: Titusville Area Hospital

Titusville Area Hospital received HAP’s 2018 “Excellence in Care” Achievement Award for implementing process changes that reduced its Emergency Department (ED) “door to doc” times by nearly one half, reduced the overall time patients spend in the ED, and increased patient satisfaction scores.


September 28, 2018

PA Senate Declares September 2018 as Sepsis Awareness Month

The Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives both adopted a resolution in their respective chambers recognizing September 2018 as “Sepsis Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania.


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