Turning Readmission Reduction Policies into Results: Some Lessons from a Multistate Initiative to Reduce Readmissions

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This report analyzes the early experiences of the State Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations (STAAR) initiative, which is a program implemented in Massachusetts, Michigan, and Washington focused on reducing preventable hospital readmissions. Three key barriers to success were identified: 1) forming productive, collaborative relationships across care settings; 2) identifying effective interventions, especially across settings; and 3) addressing a lack of quality improvement capabilities among some health care providers. 

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Date: Feb 2013
Author: The Commonwealth Fund