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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Start now with an ACC (CardioSource) login, or register for access today.

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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

  • CMS experiments with observation care alternatives

    Dozens of hospitals are participating in a CMS pilot program that exempts some patients from a requirement limiting nursing home coverage only to seniors admitted to a hospital for three days or longer. The pilot project aims to determine whether dropping the requirement can improve quality of care without raising costs. If successful, the program will be expanded to more hospitals. Kaiser Health News (7/22)

  • Study links use of regional anesthesia in hip surgery to shorter hospital stays

    A study involving 56,729 patients who underwent hip fracture surgery showed those who received regional anesthesia during surgery had shorter hospital stays than those who received general anesthesia. Researchers found no significant difference in 30-day mortality rate between the two groups. The findings appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Healio (free registration) (7/21)

  • Recertification rules will add to health care provider shortage, physicians warn

    New requirements that specialists complete maintenance of certification programs every two to three years, in addition to retaking board certification exams every 10 years, will force competent physicians out of practice, critics say. More than 17,000 doctors have signed an online petition to eliminate the new requirements. Supporters say the requirements ensure that doctors are up-to-date on advances in their fields. Kaiser Health News (7/21)

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