Readmissions represent a pervasive yet difficult issue to address across the healthcare continuum. The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission estimates that 12 percent of readmissions are potentially avoidable, and even a 10 percent reduction could save countless lives and billions of dollars.
Readmission rate reductions are particularly difficult for small and rural hospitals that serve populations who may not have adequate access to necessary care or living situations are not conducive to a full recovery after discharge. A recent study in Medical Care showed that there was a 42 percent greater risk of unplanned readmissions if the patient was discharged from a small rural hospital versus an urban counterpart1.
To address this issue, the MHA Keystone Center Patient Safety Organization is hosting a safe table focused on transitions of care in small and rural communities. The event will take place from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the William Kitti Education Center, Kalkaska.
Registration is free and open to all MHA Keystone Center PSO members.