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Best practices to reduce readmissions for heart patients

Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center (Houston, TX, 427 beds) ranks among the best hospitals in the country for low readmission rates for patients with acute myocardial infarction.  This case study examines changes made in the hospital’s heart and vascular institute that resulted in substantial performance improvement.  Of key importance were changes that resulted in a decrease in door-to-balloon time down to an average of 65 minutes.  Tips on how to achieve this are included in this white paper.

Source: Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center: excellence in heart attack care reduces readmissions.  Case Study: High Performing Health Care Organization [The Commonwealth Fund], Feb. 2011.  http://www.commonwealthfund.org/~/media/Files/Publications/Case%20Study/2011/Feb/1470_Lashbrook_Memorial_Hermann_readmission_case_study_web_version.pdf