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READMISSIONS: Community health workers help reduce

A readmission reduction program established by the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center (Towson, Md.) in partnership with Maxim Healthcare is described in this brief article.  Prior to establishment of this home-based service, the hospital had 30-day readmission rates of 25 percent for high risk patients – which dropped to 10 percent about a year or so later.  It is staffed by nurse practitioners, RNs, and community health workers – who are considered key to the success of the program.

Planning Statistics: Program Experience (based on first 17 months)

  • 1600 assessments of high risk patients
  • 1200 of those patients agreed to participate in the program
  • 5 percent of hospital’s total discharges opt into the program
  • 15 community health workers were employed to care for the 1200 patients

Source: Whitman, E. (2016, Oct. 24). Deploying community health workers to reduce readmission rates. Modern Healthcare, 46(43), 32.  Click here for article published in slightly different version: http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20161022/magazine/310229996   Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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