Minnesota’s RARE Campaign finds success in reducing readmissions

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

May 21, 2014

As hospitals across the country search for ways to reduce readmissions in the wake of reimbursement cuts from CMS for rehospitalizations within 30 days, one statewide initiative in Minnesota may have cracked the code.
 
The RARE (Reducing Avoidable Readmissions Effectively) Campaign launched in July 2011 with a goal of reducing 4,000 avoidable hospital readmissions within 30 days of hospital discharge by December 31, 2012. By that date, the program had already exceeded its goal and set another: Prevent an additional 2,000 readmissions and continue to reduce readmissions by 20%.
 
Through the third quarter of 2013, the RARE Campaign has prevented more than 7,000 readmissions since the program began. Currently, there are 83 hospitals and six health systems participating in the program.
 
This is an excerpt from an article in the May issue of Patient Safety Monitor Journal.
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