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

  • Surgical safety checklists improve outcomes, study finds

    A study published in JAMA Surgery showed surgical safety checklists can reduce post-procedure mortality, readmission rates and average length of stay for patients. The study, which compared metrics before and after a checklist was implemented, suggests the intervention can reduce medical costs, researchers said. HealthDay News (2/3)

  • Hospital sees benefits when officials admit mistakes to patients

    Stanford Hospital's Process for Early Assessment, Resolution and Learning program, also known as Pearl, helps the medical center avoid costly legal action, explain errors and apologize to patients in the event of medical accidents. Stanford has seen a 50% decrease in lawsuit frequency and a 40% reduction in indemnity costs in paid cases under the program. Officials also waive the affected patient's medical bill, provide financial compensation and talk through the event with patients, prioritizing transparency and emotional support. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (2/1)

  • Studies link smoking bans to lower CVD hospital admissions

    An analysis of observational studies from 21 countries found programs that prohibit smoking at worksites and in public places to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke appear to have a positive effect on cardiovascular disease, according to a report in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016. Researchers said the studies linked national smoking bans to fewer hospital admissions for heart attacks and acute coronary syndrome, and several studies found nonsmokers may incur the biggest health benefits. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/3)

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