Readmission reduction – Part 1

The value of reducing readmissions to the hospital has been well-established: lowering health care costs, eliminating wasted resources, improving quality and increasing patient satisfaction. However, organizations still wrestle with the causes for readmissions, whether it is poor care coordination or poor patient follow-up after discharge. This next two-part series will examine why readmissions occur and what organizations can do to improve on them.


Guest speaker:

Tod Baker, BS


Operations and Quality




Tomas Villanueva, DO, MBA, FACPE, SFHM


Clinical Operations and Quality



Show Notes:

[01:11] Defining readmissions

[01:48] Issues resulting from readmissions

[02:17] Misaligned incentives and compartmentalization

[03:27] New energy for reducing readmissions

[04:46] Getting started

[05:49] Effective risk-stratification

[07:13] Impact of social issues


Links | Resources:

To contact Modern Practice:

Tod Baker’s contact email:

Designing and Delivering Whole-Person Transitional Care (AHRQ) Click here

Vizient’s Clinical Data Base (CDB) and readmissions Click here

CMS Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program Click here

Amy Boutwell, MD, MPP, presents six videos on Multi-visit Patients (MVPs) and readmissions Click here


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