Long-Term Care Among Best Partners to Lower Hospital Readmissions

Long-term care facilities were among the best partners for hospitals to lower their preventable readmission rates, a new survey shows.

Partnering with long-term care and skilled nursing facilities was a chief strategy among 64% of senior hospital leaders working to limit preventable hospital readmissions, according to a survey from HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Unit in collaboration with Amedisys, a leading home health care provider.

The 106 senior hospital leaders comprised of CEOs and physicians polled in the survey said that post-acute care was a core strategy in reducing hospital readmissions. 

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Long-term care and skilled nursing facilities placed second in the survey results to home health partnerships, which 73% of survey respondents called their chief strategy. 

“Hospitals are seeing the benefit of collaborating with post-acute care partners in an effort to improve their patients’ health and prevent hospital readmissions because we can deliver such regular oversight, including strategies such as patient education before discharge, medication management and primary care physician follow-up,” said Michael Fleming, MD and chief medical officer for Amedisys Inc.

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Written by Jason Oliva

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