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Reducing Readmissions in Special Settings Reducing Readmissions in Special Settings
Hospital readmissions are costly and often avoidable with better care transitions between hospitals and different care settings. According to a recent study, 23.5 percent of all patients discharged to skilled nursing facilities in 2006 were rehospitalized within 30 days, at a total cost of $4.34 billion per year to the Medicare program.

The featured Innovations describe three different programs that reduced hospital readmissions from long-term residential care and skilled nursing facilities, leading to significant cost savings.

The featured QualityTools provide resources and tools for improving transitions of care and reducing avoidable rehospitalizations.
Featured Innovations:
Featured QualityTools:

 Health Care Leader Action Guide to Reduce Avoidable Readmissions
Developed by Health Research & Educational Trust

 STate Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations (STAAR) Materials
Developed by Institute for Healthcare Improvement

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 Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers (INTERACT) Tools
Developed by Florida Atlantic University

 Why Screen for Chlamydia? An Implementation Guide for Healthcare Providers
Developed by National Chlamydia Coalition; Partnership for Prevention