Tuesday, September 18, 2018


11:30 a.m. CT


1 hour


Readmission-reduction strategies that work

Many hospital readmission reduction teams have been working for years to improve care transitions and reduce readmissions. Some teams have experienced success, while others have not yet seen sustained improvement in their readmission rates. Efforts have been traditionally focused on “Medicare penalty” conditions, with good reason. However, hospitals participating in the Vizient Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) are conducting all-cause, all-payer readmission data analysis to determine which of their patients are at high-risk for readmission. These hospitals have uncovered high readmission rates for patients who weren’t on their readmission risk radar (such as patients with sickle cell disease and sepsis).

Vizient’s HIIN has been assisting members for two years with an aim to achieve the all-cause, all-payer readmission-reduction goal of 12 percent (by the end of 2019) as set by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the Partnership for Patients initiative. Join us and learn how hospitals in the Vizient HIIN Readmissions Transformation Network:

  • Re-examined their readmissions data;
  • Conducted root cause analyses to improve their high-risk targeting approaches; and
  • Partnered with local community organizations to improve care transitions.

We’ll provide a comprehensive overview of the work done by network participants and offer recommendations for your review and discussion.


Julie Cerese, MSN, RN
Group Senior Vice President, Performance Management and National Networks


Amy Boutwell, MD, MPP
Collaborative Healthcare Strategies

Kellie Goodson, MS, CPXP
Director, HIIN & TCPI Delivery