Reducing Avoidable Hospital Utilization through Collaboration
Across the country, health care systems with a safety-net role seek to reduce costs and improve care for vulnerable populations within the communities they serve. Association members Stamford Health, in Stamford, Conn., and Harris Health System, in Houston, leveraged interdisciplinary teams, directed outreach to high-risk patients, and optimized care pathways to reduce avoidable hospital utilization and readmissions. Stamford Health speakers will share how the system maximized existing resources through a federal bundled payment program and redefined roles for existing personnel to reduce its 2018 all-cause readmission rate to 27 percent below the state average. Harris Health staff will share that system’s work on a “multivisit patient” (MVP) care pathway, an approach now used by more 200 teams nationally.