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New Chart: Top 5 Tools to Identify Patients at Risk for Readmissions

SUMMARY: Anxious to avoid looming financial penalties for excessive hospital readmissions, healthcare organizations have tightened coordination of care and management of care transitions for Medicare beneficiaries at risk of rehospitalization. We wanted to see how healthcare organizations identify patients most at risk for returning to the hospital.

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HIN’s third annual survey on Reducing Hospital Readmissions, conducted in February 2012, documented the highest rates of targeted programs to reduce readmissions in the survey’s three-year history. The survey captured details on these programs to curb readmission rates, along with the conditions most likely to trigger readmissions and much more. According to 119 healthcare companies who responded to the survey, the top 5 tools used to identify patients most at risk for readmissions are:

  • Risk stratification: 55.2 percent
  • Chart review: 41.4 percent
  • Health claims: 39.7 percent
  • Predictive modeling: 36.2 percent
  • EHRs: 32.8 percent

For additional research data and insights on this topic:

Download the executive summary of 2012 Healthcare Benchmarks: Reducing Hospital Readmissions.