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Project module 1: Summary

Group # 6: Wassim Zhani, Ha Cao, Xifeng Zhu
Hospitals push to reduce 4.4 Million preventable hospital re-admission through the use of
different strategies and plans; such as project red, “Home with made” program, the transition
care model…etc. “The nation’s health-care tab will save more than $30 billion a year or $1 of
every $10 spent on hospital care”1. Louise—whose name was chosen by focus groups— is
designed on how to advocate nurses interact with patients, and how to prepare them for planning
their recovery at home. This helped to cut re-admission by 30% in a 2008. Laura Landro – our
author of that text-; an assistant managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, whom writes
frequently about health care; explains to us how that program is illustrated.

Summary:

Re-admission always happens because of bad instructions given to patients; In looking at
some data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, there are a large number of
customers who come back for re-admission; especially patients of heart failure, heart attack, and
pneumonia.

Study made by the Independence Blue Cross shows different conditions that may let patients
come back for re-admission; “Patients may need to resume new prescription because of stopping
their medication while in a hospital, they may fail their prescriptions after they leave the hospital,
or they may just default following-up their appointments… etc.”2, but with new strategies;
Hospitals can avoid getting in such defaults.

Grove City Hospital in Western Pennsylvania adapts “home with Meds” program for helping
patients after discharge. They send them a printout of instructions and information of their
medical record and call them to discuss their medications and appointment, Gertrude Staab, 87
years old, is one of the customers who was satisfied by that program, she was admitted to the
emergency room for heart failure and discharged after 14 days, that package of medication let
her feel much easier to make all her prescriptions.

Hospitals use also “Project Red” program; a discharge-planning program, which developed the
virtual discharge advocate. With new procedures, nurses’ advocates arrange appointments,
confirm medications plans, give instructions, ask customers, and call them to identify and resolve
problems. That program is a good achievement, it helps cutting costs by $123 par patient and it
takes 30 minutes from nurses’ time.

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Landro, Laura. "Hospital Push to Reduce Preventable Re-Admissions - WSJ.com." Business News & Financial News
- The Wall Street Journal - Wsj.com. Web. 16 Nov. 2011.
<http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304474804576369452547349050.html>.<1st page, 3rd
paragraph>.
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Same citation <2nd page, 5th paragraph>.

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