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Readmissions are a major problem in U.S. health care. About one in five Medicare patients who are discharged from the hospital returns within 30 days at a cost of more than $26 billion a year. Between 50 percent and 75 percent of those readmissions are considered preventable. There are multiple factors along the continuum of care that influence this outcome. Ensuring a smooth transition as the patient moves through this continuum can dramatically reduce the risk for readmission.

Reduction in readmissions is part of HealthInsight’s commitment to reducing patient harm by 20 percent over the next two years. HealthInsight’s plan for assisting hospitals in reducing readmissions will include providing technical assistance, self-assessment tools, educational webinars and conferences, and links to evidence-based best practices surrounding readmission prevention.