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Reducing hospital readmission rates is a national priority and a major focus of healthcare reform. Nearly one in five Medicare patients are readmitted within 30 days of discharge at a cost estimated at more than $15 billion a year. The Affordable Care Act created new incentives to reduce readmissions, and in 2012 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services began publicly reporting hospitals’ readmission rates. Hospitals with high readmission rates can lose up to three percent of their Medicare reimbursement by 2015. Nearly two-thirds of hospitals receiving Medicare payments are expected to pay penalties totaling about $300 million this year because too many of their patients were readmitted within 30 days after they were sent home.

A four-month study at a hospital in Springfield, MO shows that follow-up phone calls to patients is an effective way to reduce hospital readmittances. Patients who received five calls over a 30-day period were less likely to be readmitted within 30 days after they were discharged. Hospital officials were so pleased with the findings they greatly increased the study’s scope. Today, all medical surgery patients discharged from Cox South and two other Cox hospitals—400 to 450 patients—are receiving follow-up calls.

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The numbers from Advanced TeleHealth Solutions shows significant reductions in emergency room visits and re-hospitalizations, particularly for high-dollar patients.
Dr. Roy W. Holand
I don’t go to the hospital now because I’m able to check my vitals daily and I’m not afraid. I could barely function before, and now I feel safe. The staff is never in a hurry, never too busy for me. It’s a comfort to know that they are watching out for me. It’s like having a whole bunch of friends around all the time.
Vickie Stark
Telemonitoring has been very helpful. In the past, anytime a patient had a problem with blood pressure or a medicine had to be changed, it was very difficult to monitor, and many times we had to bring the patient back to the clinic or we had a nurse go check their blood pressure. Since telemonitoring, it’s really been very convenient, especially for the patients.
Dr. Ovais Zubair
By carefully monitoring the patient several times a day, Advanced TeleHealth Solutions could tell when it was time to make a home visit and administer care. As a result, the patient was much more comfortable and the home visits saved a trip to the hospital. With the budget crisis in the state of Missouri involving Medicaid state management, telemonitoring is such an inexpensive alternative to multiple trips to the emergency room or doctor’s office.
Jan Pelkey