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Reducing Hospital Readmissions and Safe Transitions Collaborative

The Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) and UnitedHealthcare are pleased to partner on Colorado’s Reducing Hospital Readmissions and Safe Transitions Collaborative. This initiative is aimed at improving patient safety, increasing the patient’s preparedness for self-care and reducing the likelihood of avoidable readmissions through enhanced patient-provider relationships and expanded community infrastructure. The 24-month collaborative consists of two phases and is geared towards the widespread implementation of a reengineered hospital discharge process, Project RED (Re-Engineered Discharge).

The Project RED intervention is a patient-centered, standardized approach to discharge planning and education, initially developed through research funded by the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ). AHRQ is currently working with state hospital associations across the country to help hospitals implement the Project RED intervention, aimed at improving the patient's preparedness for self-care and at reducing the likelihood of readmission. Patients who have a clear understanding of their after-hospital care instructions, including how to take their medicines and when to make follow-up appointments with their doctors, are 30 percent less likely to be readmitted or visit the emergency department than patients who lack this information, according to a 2009 study in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

For more information on CHA’s Reducing Hospital Readmissions and Safe Transitions Collaborative, contact the patient safety department.

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