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.


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



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


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

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News And Research

  • Study raises questions about validity of HAC penalty program

    Data from the CMS Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program found teaching hospitals, facilities with Joint Commission accreditation and those with higher quality scores were penalized more than other facilities that did not perform as well. Researchers writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association said the problems may be with traditional quality metrics and measurements and not poor quality of care. Medscape (free registration) (7/29)

  • Many VTEs may not be preventable, study says

    A study in JAMA Surgery found 47% of Johns Hopkins Hospital patients with hospital-acquired venous thromboembolism had received "defect-free" care. Researchers said it would be unfair for the CMS to financially penalize hospitals for VTEs that cannot be prevented and urged policymakers to improve quality measures used to assess VTE prevention. Medscape (free registration) (7/29)

  • TBI quality of care linked to patient safety indicators, HACs

    Quality of care for hospitalized patients with traumatic brain injuries may be tied to patient safety indicators and hospital-acquired conditions, according to a study in Neurosurgery. The report said HAC and PSI rates were high among brain injury patients. Healio (free registration) (7/28)

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