Hospital to Home

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.”

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Collaborate

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

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News And Research

  • Analysis: Fully using JNC 8 guidelines would save 13,000 lives annually

    About 56,000 cardiovascular events and 13,000 deaths would be prevented each year if the Eighth Joint National Committee guidelines for managing adult hypertension were fully implemented, researchers reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. The analysis found adults ages 35 to 74 who have untreated high blood pressure but not cardiovascular disease would see the biggest benefit. Medscape (free registration) (1/28)

  • Project studies how socioeconomic status affects readmissions

    A Cleveland Clinic initiative that has pharmacists counsel cardiovascular patients before discharge has helped reduce readmissions and Medicare fines, but other hospitals that serve a higher number of poorer patients struggle to lower their rates. National Quality Forum chief scientific officer Dr. Helen Burstin says a pilot project to adjust how Medicare considers poorer patient populations in its payments seeks to answer questions about how socioeconomic status affects readmission rates. Kaiser Health News (1/26)

  • CMS needs to improve oversight of compounders, OIG says

    The CMS should set better standards for Medicare-approved hospital accreditors to use when overseeing contracts with compounding pharmacies, according to the HHS Office of Inspector General. HealthLeaders Media (1/26)

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