Reducing Rehospitalizations, Phase 1


Hospitalizations consume nearly one-third of the $2 trillion spent on health care in the United States. At the same time, there is ample evidence that many hospitalizations--especially rehospitalizations--are preventable through a variety of means, from comprehensive hospital discharge planning and post-discharge support, to multidisciplinary disease management, patient education, and enhanced support in the home. This project is the first phase of a planned five-year demonstration project to reduce preventable rehospitalizations in three to five states or regions. In phase 1, the project team will: 1) identify and develop processes, protocols, and other tools to assist statewide initiatives in reducing rehospitalizations; 2) select the states or regions that will participate in the demonstration; and 3) map out a strategy for implementation. If this initial work proceeds satisfactorily, the Fund will be asked to support implementation in phase 2. For further information, contact Lorna Newman, Project Manager, at

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Principal Investigator:
Amy Boutwell, M.D., M.P.P., Pat Rutherford, R.N., M.S., and Don Goldmann, M.D.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
April 15, 2008

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