Evidence-Based Strategies for Reducing 30 Day Readmissions
It is well established that heart failure (HF) is a chronic, progressive health problem with high mortality rates. It is also an expensive diagnosis with total direct and indirect costs projected to increase to $70 billion annually by 2030. Inpatient care is expensive and readmissions for HF further add to the cost of care. Subsequently the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has instituted financial penalties for hospitals with high 30-day readmission rates for HF. This has generated significant interest in strategies to slow the revolving door of HF readmissions.
The purpose of this pocket guide is to provide nurses caring for patients with HF in various settings a quick reference with evidence-based strategies for reducing HF hospital readmissions. While this model is specific to HF, the concepts can be applied to other chronic illnesses and efforts towards reducing readmissions.