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.

H2H Signs & Symptoms Lessons Learned Webinar is on Wednesday, December 10th at 3 p.m. ET. Webinar participants will hear from H2H community members on the various ways that using tools and resources from the Signs and Symptoms toolkit has improved care transitions for patients hospitalized with heart failure and acute myocardial infraction. Register 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.”

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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

  • Seattle employers build partnerships with health centers

    Medical centers in the Seattle area are working with employers to help improve care and reduce health care costs. Virginia Mason Medical Center changed its office policies so patients with back problems need about four to five visits, compared with 10 nationwide, and return to work faster. "When we started looking at where our costs were too high and where our inefficiencies were, we found them everywhere," said CEO Dr. Gary Kaplan. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (12/15)

  • Nearly half of pediatric patients receive adverse drug combos

    Forty-nine percent of hospitalized children and teens were given at least one drug combination that may lead to adverse outcomes such as sedation, bleeding and breathing issues, a study in Pediatrics indicated. Opioid painkillers, antibiotics and other infection-fighting drugs appeared to be the most commonly involved drugs. HealthDay News (12/15)

  • Report on race-based health care disparities shows mixed results

    Black Medicare patients overall are less likely than whites to have controlled hypertension, cholesterol and blood sugars, but data show by 2011 these racial disparities seem to have disappeared in the western U.S., University of Michigan researchers reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. Older Hispanic patients were on par with their white counterparts by 2011, and Asian seniors were doing better than whites, data showed. A second study in the same journal that involved hospitals found narrowing racial disparity gaps in access to recommended care. HealthDay News (12/10)

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