Preventability of 30-Day Readmissions for Heart Failure Patients Before and After a Quality Improvement Initiative

Jason Ryan, Rebecca Andrews, Mary Beth Barry, Sangwook Kang, Aline Iskandar, Priti Mehla, Raj Ganeshan

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to estimate the frequency of heart failure (HF) readmissions that can be prevented through a quality improvement (QI) program. All HF patients at the University of Connecticut Health Center who had a readmission within 30 days of discharge in the year before (2008) and the year after (2011) a QI program were studied. Through chart review, the percentage of patients who had preventable readmissions in each year was estimated. Prior to the QI initiative, chart reviewers identified that 20% to 30% of readmissions were preventable. The decrease in readmissions after the QI program was similar at 28%. Fewer readmissions after the QI initiative were deemed preventable compared with before. In conclusion, this study found a percentage of preventable readmissions similar to the actual 28% reduction in readmissions after a QI program was launched. Preventable readmissions were less common after the QI program was in place.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)220-226
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Medical Quality
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1

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Ryan, Jason ; Andrews, Rebecca ; Barry, Mary Beth ; Kang, Sangwook ; Iskandar, Aline ; Mehla, Priti ; Ganeshan, Raj. / Preventability of 30-Day Readmissions for Heart Failure Patients Before and After a Quality Improvement Initiative. In: American Journal of Medical Quality. 2014 ; Vol. 29, No. 3. pp. 220-226.
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In: American Journal of Medical Quality, Vol. 29, No. 3, 01.01.2014, p. 220-226.

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