The State Action to Avoid Rehospitalizations (STAAR) Initiative, Phase 5

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The five-year State Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations (STAAR) initiative has created an improvement collaborative in Massachusetts, Michigan, and Washington to test ways to improve the quality of transitional care patients receive as they leave the hospital and enter a postacute care facility or home care. The STAAR team, which works with 151 hospital teams and their community-based partners, has trained a cadre of advisers to assist the care teams and is supporting state-level coalitions of providers, purchasers, and state officials to address systemic barriers to improvement. Data show a number of STAAR hospitals have seen readmission trends decline for high-risk patients, and STAAR hospitals are more likely than other hospitals to have implemented best practices in transitional care. In this final year of full Commonwealth Fund support, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement team will focus on harvesting lessons about the effective implementation of care transition programs. Efforts will also be made to ensure leaders at the state level are poised to support STAAR teams after Fund support ends.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Principal Investigator:
Donald Goldmann, M.D.
Award Amount:
$750,000.00
Approval Date:
July 10, 2012
Related Topics
Health Care Delivery

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