NEBGH’s Solutions and Innovations Center (SIC) recently released a report that examines the ways in which hospitals and health plans in the region can collaborate to reduce preventable hospital readmissions. A result of a unique collaboration between area hospitals, health plans, and employers, and sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim and Merck, the report sheds light on breakdowns that occur in the health care system that often result in high readmissions rates in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Tackled in the report are a series of issues that underlie the readmissions issue, including that: by working together, hospitals and health plans could more effectively address readmissions, yet historically this type of collaboration is limited; stakeholders are taking a variety of approaches to reducing readmissions, which leads to complications in standardizing processes and metrics; and the current fee-for-service reimbursement system discourages the adoption of strategies that can reduce preventable readmissions. The report reflects the findings of a multi-stakeholder panel of area hospitals, health plans, and employers convened by NEBGH.
NEBGH will be hosting a webinar on the hospital readmissions crisis and the findings of the report on September 19th at 12:00pm. Visit www.nebgh.org/events for more details.
The complete report can be found here.