Successful Model for Statewide Collaborative Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospital Readmissions

This promising model for engaging healthcare partners statewide and accelerating adoption of care transitions strategies is described in an article in Population Health Management, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the Population Health Management website until August 7, 2015.

R. Neal Axon MD, MSCR and coauthors from Charleston, SC-based Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center and The Medical University of South Carolina, and Columbia, SC-based BlueCross/Blue Shield of South Carolina, The South Carolina Hospital Association, Health Sciences South Carolina, and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, report on the Preventing Avoidable Readmissions Together (PART) initiative—a statewide quality improvement learning collaborative. More than 90% of the state’s acute care hospitals and hospital systems participated in PART events. The authors describe trends in readmission rates for all diagnoses and for specific diagnoses such as acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease before and during the implementation of PART in the article “Evolution and Initial Experience of a Statewide Care Transitions Quality Improvement Collaborative: Preventing Avoidable Readmissions Together.”

“Outstanding applied research like this study enables other integrated delivery systems to benchmark their performance,” says Editor-in-Chief David B. Nash, MD, MBA, Dean and Dr. Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon Professor, Jefferson School of Population Health, Philadelphia, PA.

About the Journal Population Health Management is an authoritative peer-reviewed journal published bimonthly in print and online that reflects the expanding scope of health care management and quality. The Journal delivers a comprehensive, integrated approach to the field of population health and provides information designed to improve the systems and policies that affect health care quality, access, and outcomes. Comprised of peer-reviewed original research papers, clinical research, and case studies, the content encompasses  a broad range of chronic diseases (such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic pain, diabetes, depression, and obesity) in addition to focusing on various aspects of prevention and wellness. Tables of content and a sample issue may be viewed on the Population Health Management website. Population Health Management is the official journal of the Population Health Alliance.

About the Publisher Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers is a privately held, fully integrated media company known for establishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals in many promising areas of science and biomedical research, including Journal of Women’s Health, LGBT Health, Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics, and Telemedicine and e-Health. Its biotechnology trade magazine, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN), was the first in its field and is today the industry’s most widely read publication worldwide. A complete list of the firm’s 80 journals, books, and newsmagazines is available on the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers website.