The State Action to Avoid Rehospitalizations (STAAR) Initiative, Phase 3


In year 1 of the five-year State Action to Avoid Rehospitalizations (STAAR) initiative, the project team at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement identified effective strategies for reducing the need to rehospitalize patients soon after discharge and recruited three states-Massachusetts, Michigan, and Washington-to commit to reducing readmissions by 20 percent within three years. In year 2, 69 hospitals in those states collaborated in redesigning the care transition process for patients leaving the hospital. The project also supported a state-level leadership coalition to address systemic barriers. In the next year, the project team will identify top-performing hospitals from the first cohort and train them to mentor a second cohort of up to 20 new hospital teams in the three states. State leadership groups will focus on: 1) the financial implications of fewer readmissions; 2) improving coordination across care settings; 3) creating measurement systems to track readmission rates; and 4) developing recommendations for regulatory and payment reform.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Principal Investigator:
Amy E. Boutwell, M.D., M.P.P.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
July 13, 2010
Related Topics
Health Care Delivery

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