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

  • Health care errors may cause 250K deaths per year in the US, study finds

    An analysis of eight years of US data shows more than 250,000 people died annually due to medical errors. A Johns Hopkins University team analyzed four studies that looked at medical deaths from 2000 to 2008 and used hospital admission rates from 2013 to predict the rate of deaths due to medical errors. The authors argue that 9.5% of all US deaths each year can be attributed to a medical error, which would make it the third leading cause of death in the US. HealthDay News (5/4)

  • Study: 30% of prescribed antibiotics are unnecessary

    Researchers who looked at 184,000 outpatient visits in 2010-2011 found that about 30% of prescriptions for antibiotics were unnecessary overall, and about half of those written for acute respiratory conditions were not needed. Experts said doctors should focus less on what patients expect and more on what they need. "If we know that an antibiotic is really not likely to make people feel better, we still can provide alternatives for symptom relief that will help people feel better," said Dr. Sara Cosgrove, who wrote an editorial that accompanied the study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. HealthDay News (5/3)

  • Study: Post-discharge transition program helps reduce stroke readmissions

    MedPage Today (free registration) (5/3)

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