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

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News And Research

  • Study examines readmission risk among septic shock survivors

    Researchers followed 1,697 survivors of culture-positive severe sepsis or septic shock and found that 32% of the survivors needed to be readmitted within 30 days. Chronic illness burden and prevalence of health care-associated sepsis were also found to be more elevated among those readmitted survivors, compared with those who did not require readmission. The findings were published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. (7/27)

  • Medical group uses best-practice library to improve care, reduce costs

    Physician-owned Crystal Run Healthcare in New York created a best-practice library using clinical guidelines and expert opinion to improve patient care, reduce costs and increase practice revenues, according to a Health Affairs blog. The practice's efforts to reduce variations in care began with a pilot program for diagnosing diabetes and then expanded to other departments, resulting in 15 additional diagnoses being chosen for the development of best-practice guidelines. Health Affairs Blog (7/23)

  • Study: NICU admissions increase but babies are bigger, less premature

    Hospital NICU admissions increased from 6.4% to 7.8% of infants from 2007 to 2012, but data from almost 18 million births showed babies were larger in size and less premature, Dartmouth University researchers reported in JAMA Pediatrics. Researchers said the increase raises questions about NICU usage and noted lower admittance thresholds may be a factor. U.S. News & World Report (7/27)

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