Botsford Hospital will participate in a three-state project that seeks to reduce the number of people who must return to the hospital for medical reasons related to the initial admission.
The pilot project, named State Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations (STAAR), targets unplanned and unexpected “rehospitalizations,” or readmissions. It seeks to reduce the number of patients being hospitalized again within 30 days of discharge by 30 percent while increasing patient and family satisfaction with transitions and coordination of care.
A total of 10 independent Michigan hospitals along with hospitals from five Michigan hospital systems will take part in the STAAR project along with hospitals from Washington and Massachusetts.
The hospitals will first focus on improving patient care transitions from the hospital setting to care at home or to a long-term care setting, such as a nursing home. Enhanced patient and family communications and timely follow-ups after hospital discharge are among the strategies that participants will use to avoid hospital readmissions.
The hospitals involved in the project have pledged to commit significant staff time, resources and leadership to reduce avoidable rehospitalizations. The Michigan effort is being managed by the Michigan Health and Hospital Association Keystone Center for Patient Safety and Quality and Michigan’s Quality Improvement Organization (MPRO). A grant from The Commonwealth Fund supports the project.
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