Since 2008, the State Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations (STAAR) initiative has tested and promoted practices to improve transitional care and reduce the need to readmit patients to the hospital. In the first phase of the Commonwealth Fund–supported evaluation of STAAR, conducted in 2010–11, the team interviewed staff at participating hospitals in Massachusetts, Michigan, and Washington and assessed the strengths of the program’s design. Early findings helped the collaborative of state leaders hone in on specific areas to ensure that STAAR achieves maximum impact. In the second phase, the evaluation team will: 1) identify changes in use of recommended practices for reducing readmissions, comparing baseline survey data with data collected one year later; 2) assess the impact of various hospital practices on readmission rates, using all-payer data from the three states; and 3) visit selected hospitals and interview state leaders to explore how STAAR may have led to changes in care transition practices and readmission rates.
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Leslie Curry, Ph.D., and Elizabeth Bradley, Ph.D.