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Postacute care facilities can help cut readmission rate

SunBridge Healthcare, a postacute care multi-facility provider, is partnering with hospitals to reduce the 30-day hospital readmission rate.  The company’s goal is to cut the readmission rate to under 10 percent.  Among the strategies are to look for services that could be added to the nursing facilities (such as total parenteral nutrition), to establish protocols to care for patients with diagnoses that are frequently readmitted (such as congestive heart failure), and to hire more RNs.  SunBridge is also trying to increase awareness among local physicians of the capabilities of their nursing facilities.

Source: Maddy, C.  Halting hospitalizations.  Provider;37(7):35-37, July 2011.  Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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