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RARE - Reducing Avoidable Readmissions Effectively


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Minnesota’s RARE Campaign Finds Success in Reducing Readmissions. Article detailing how the RARE Campaign has prevented more than 7,000 readmissions to date. Patient Safety Monitor Journal, Volume 15, Issue 5: pp1, May 2014.

Reducing Avoidable Hospital Readmissions Effectively: A Statewide Campaign. © Joint Commission Resources: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, Volume 40, Number 5: pp198, May 2014. Posted with permission. Minnesota’s RARE Campaign was recognized at the national level for quality and patient safety for the 2013 Eisenberg Award. The publication notes that the peer-to-peer networking and collaboration between hospitals facing similar issues, coupled with statewide resources, collaborating Operating Partners, and support for system improvements, have led to improved discharge planning, better management of care transitions and medications, engaged patients and families, and lower readmission rates.

Minnesota Hospital to Patient: Don’t Come Back, Please. Star Tribune, Newspaper of the Twin Cities. This February 1, 2014 article shows how hospitals are working to reduce readmissions to improve patient care and avoid the Medicare penalties many Minnesota hospitals incurred last year.

National Recognition for Minnesota's Work to Reduce Hospital Readmissions—RARE Campaign Earns National Quality Forum, The Joint Commission Patient Safety and Quality Award. Minnesota hospitals and their community partners have received national recognition for their work to reduce avoidable readmissions. The RARE Campaign was named a recipient of the 2013 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award for Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality, one of the most prestigious quality and safety awards in the country.

Reducing Readmissions: How to Stay out of the Hospital. Minnesota Health Care News, November 2013. Highlights the RARE Campaign and focuses on what patients can do to reduce avoidable readmissions. The article in this consumer publication, found in many clinic waiting rooms, focuses on the patient’s role in the five factors known to increase readmission (inadequate discharge planning; a patient’s inability to manage medications; lack of patient/family engagement in self-care; insufficient transition planning; and poor transition communication between different care settings) and offers resources to help them learn more.

Minnesota Hospitals are Testing Ways to Reduce Return Trips. Star Tribune, Newspaper of the Twin Cities. This October 11, 2012 article shows how hospitals are working to reduce readmissions to avoid the new Medicare penalties.

RARE Campaign: Measuring Success One Pillow at a Time., September 24, 2012

Hospitals Face Penalties if Patients Quickly Return. Star Tribune, Newspaper of the Twin Cities. This August 14, 2012 article provides an overview of the new Medicare program that penalizes hospitals for higher-than-average rates of readmission. The penalties were part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act and take effect on October 1, 2012.

Reducing Readmissions: Minnesota’s RARE Campaign. Minnesota Physician, July 2012

Fairview's New Goal: Less Repeat Business. The C.O.R.E. Clinic program is one of several hospital initiatives in the metro area that aim to keep heart-failure patients from coming back. Star Tribune, June 17, 2012

The RARE (Reducing Avoidable Readmissions Effectively) Campaign, national readmissions newsletter features RARE Campaign, Readmissions News, May 2012

A RARE Event Indeed. RARE news release, September 20, 2011

Slowing the Revolving Door - Minnesota's Hospitals are Leading the Way in Reducing Preventable Readmissions. Minnesota Medicine, September 2011

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