12. What Does This Mean?

Reducing Avoidable Hospital Readmissions

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What Does This Mean?


  • Quality of nursing home, home health agency, and primary care drive both admission and readmission rates.
  • Patient characteristics that lead to admissions also lead to readmissions.
  • Practice patterns in non-hospital settings that lead to admissions for these groups also lead to readmissions.


  • You will not solve your readmission problem without understanding factors leading to admissions.
  • Reducing readmissions cannot be done within the walls of the hospital.
  • Must understand the big picture factors, while focusing on specific challenges and their solutions.

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Page last reviewed June 2009
Internet Citation: 12. What Does This Mean?: Reducing Avoidable Hospital Readmissions. June 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/systems/hospital/red/readmissions/readslide12.html