Hospital to Home

Welcome to the new and improved Hospital to Home (H2H) initiative!

Now, all H2H information and tools will be found here on the Quality Improvement for Institutions website.

The Hospital to Home (H2H) Initiative is a resource for hospitals and cardiovascular care providers committed to improving transitions from hospital to "home" and reduce their risk of federal penalties associated with high readmission rates.

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Projects

Self-contained improvement projects that include a goal statement, success metrics, a tool kit, an assessment, and 3 webinars (evidence, tools, lessons learned) that provide participants with recommended strategies and tools to achieve small, attainable goals in their organization.

  • See You in 7

    The goal of the H2H SY7 Challenge is for all patients discharged with a diagnosis of HF/AMI to have a follow-up appointment scheduled/cardiac rehab referral made within 7 days of hospital discharge.

  • Mind Your Meds

    The goal of the H2H MM Challenge is for clinicians and patients discharged with a diagnosis of HF/MI to work together and ensure optimal medication management.

  • Signs and Symptoms

    The goal of the H2H S&S Challenge is to activate patients to recognize early warning signs and have a plan to address them.

Getting Started

Kick-start H2H at your hospital by utilizing the ”Getting Started Checklist.”

Get Started

Collaborate

Interact with others on a listserv who share best practices and lessons learned.

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News And Research

  • Hospitals bring back the house call

    Some hospitals have begun sending teams of health care providers and case managers to discharged patients' homes in an effort to provide better treatment and lower costs. In-home care is often less expensive than in-hospital care, and the teams can help patients with medication adherence and give caregivers a break while working to prevent readmissions. Experts say accountable care organizations have the flexibility needed for this approach. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (4/19)

  • Inpatient psychiatric measures added to Hospital Compare

    The CMS added four quality measures for inpatient psychiatric care to the Hospital Compare website, using data from 1,753 facilities. The measures include use of physical restraints and seclusion, and the provision of post-discharge continuing-care plans. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (4/17)

  • Hospitals begin to post physician ratings data online

    The University of Utah Health Care hospital system publishes its own physician ratings online so they come up first when patients conduct searches, helping to balance less favorable reviews. While many hospitals have surveyed patients for decades, only recently has there been a trend to post the data and show comparisons among physicians. "Doctors are highly competitive and no one wants to be on the bottom of the list," said James Merlino, chief experience officer at the Cleveland Clinic. Kaiser Health News (4/17)

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