Texas Hospitals are Leading Initiatives to Reduce the Number of Re-hospitalized Patients
Austin – Texas hospitals are keeping patients healthier and reducing costs by implementing strategies to keep discharged patients from being re-hospitalized because of a preventable complication or other adverse event. From preventing infection and simplifying discharge instructions to engaging families and outpatient providers, hospitals are involved in multiple initiatives with the single goal of making sure patients do not have to return to hospitals unnecessarily.
Hospitals are making these investments in quality and patient safety despite having a persistently high number of uninsured patients and fewer resources because of major state and federal funding cuts.
“Texas hospitals are leading the way on reducing re-hospitalizations because of their commitment to providing the right care at the right time for every patient,” said Ted Shaw THA president/chief executive officer. “Regardless of their size, location or ownership status, they are all investing in technology, education and personnel to improve patient safety and quality of care and to reduce avoidable re-hospitalizations.”
Why some patients are re-hospitalized depends on a number of complex and interrelated factors. For this reason, Texas hospitals are involved in multiple strategies to address the problem, including:
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