14. Common Process Breakdowns Resulting in Potentially Avoidable Readm

Reducing Avoidable Hospital Readmissions

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Common Process Breakdowns Resulting in Potentially Avoidable Readmissions (continued)

  • Lack of timely post-discharge physician visit:
    • Primary care physician unaware of hospitalization.
    • Patient has no transportation to primary care physician.
    • Patient has no primary care physician.
  • Poor patient knowledge and non-disclosure of current drug therapy, and/or inadequate medication reconciliation, can yield drug therapy duplication or interaction.
  • Many patients are unlikely to ascribe adverse effects to causes, might not ask for change in drug therapy.

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Internet Citation: 14. Common Process Breakdowns Resulting in Potentially Avoidable Readm: Reducing Avoidable Hospital Readmissions. June 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/systems/hospital/red/readmissions/readslide14.html