Understanding and Reducing Avoidable Readmissions
1-2 March 2017 - Brisbane
Meeting Code HRT1703
Internationally, and across Australasia, Hospital Funders are increasingly "paying for outcomes" and penalising health services who have high inappropriate readmission rates for selected conditions. A recent systematic review shows that a median proportion of 27% of readmissions were potentially avoidable. In addition, there are increasing trials of capitated care models where high levels of acute care and/or readmissions will be unaffordable.
Reducing unplanned avoidable readmissions is also becoming a key quality issue and requires a hospital wide strategy for improving systems for ALL patients. Relying on inefficient approaches such as case finding, or employing one FTE to reduce readmissions, reduces their impact. Frequent hospital admissions can be a sign that patients with chronic diseases and long term conditions are not provided with adequate access to non-hospital services and social support.
Evidence suggests that the rate of avoidable re-hospitalisation CAN be reduced by:
- Improving core discharge planning and transition processes out of hospital.
- Improving transitions and care coordination at the interfaces between care setting.
- Enhanced coaching, education and support for self-management.
The 2017 Improvement Group meeting will take place in Brisbane, QLD and will enable participants to hear speakers talking about leading-edge innovations from Australia and New Zealand, as well as share ideas with each other. Members are encouraged to bring their partner Primary Healthcare and other NGO organisations to the workshop.
What do you need to do?
- This Roundtable is intended to share "good practice" ideas and innovations for reducing readmissions.
- Organise a cross- disciplinary team.
- You may bring up to four people per health service.
| What does The Health Roundtable do?
- Work with experts to identify key trends and innovations.
- Survey participating health services for innovative practices.
- Collate and analyse results.
- Summarise the meeting and circulate all presentations.