Rask and Kluge
March 11, 2015
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Dr. Kimberly Rask, Chief Data Officer at Alliant Health Solutions and Linda Kluge, Director IDIQ, Alliant Quality continue to showcase the essence of Alliant’s Clinical Leadership to a national audience through the recent publication of their article “Using a small workgroup to jump-start a community–wide coalition to reduce preventable hospital readmissions.” in the January/February 2015 edition of the Journal for Healthcare Quality (Vo. 37, Number 1). This recently published article shares how unplanned hospital readmissions are common and often preventable. A team at the QIO has been working on this for many years and when they examined Medicare data, they noticed that some areas of our states have higher-than-expected readmission rates. Through using community-organizing techniques to assess provider engagement, it was found that a small workgroup of high impact providers could address some root causes for preventable readmissions. This small group was able to achieve quick wins, which reinvigorated the larger, community-wide coalition. Monthly meetings were convened and rapid-cycle initiatives were implemented to improve the patient transfer process among providers. The effectiveness of this initiative was demonstrated not only through a reduction in readmission rates to the anchor hospital, but also through a community-wide decline in readmission rates for Medicare beneficiaries. Click on the link included in this article to read the full story.

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