The National Hospitalization Reduction Study was a national effort to identify best practices used by agencies for reducing unplanned hospitalizations and to share the information with the field. It is a national effort because this is one of the most important quality challenges faced by home care agencies. While other home health quality measures have continued to improve, unplanned hospitalization has been stagnant at 28% and is of growing concern to both the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and home care agencies.
There were four goals for this study:
- To identify the best practices used by the nation's most successful home care agencies (top 10%) for reducing preventable or unplanned hospitalizations. These agencies' actual hospitalization rates are 19% or lower.
- To work with state home care associations and other groups to disseminate the findings, strategies, etc. to every agency in the country at no cost.
- To identify problems and issues that needs to be addressed and make recommendations to CMS for ways to improve the hospitalization measure.
- To ultimately have a positive impact on patient care throughout the
and reduce the percentage of unplanned and preventable hospitalizations. United States
Sioux Valley Visiting Nurses Association was awarded in recognition of its outstanding performance in the acute care hospitalization outcome.