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Community-Based Approach to Reducing Hospital Readmissions

Resources from the May 6, 2011, Webinar


The webinar featured the following:

  • Anne-Marie Audet, M.D., M.Sc., moderator, vice president, Quality Improvement and Efficiency, The Commonwealth Fund
  • Eric Coleman, M.D., M.P.H., director, Care Transitions Program, and professor of medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
  • Garry MacKenzie, M.D., medical director of cardiology services at McKay-Dee Hospital Center in Ogden, Utah
  • Janice Fitzgerald, R.N., director of quality and medical management at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass.


    The following resources are available: 

  • Moderator and speaker slides (download from box on left)
  • Audio recording with synched slides
  • Transcript of presentations and question-and-answer session (download from box on left)
  • Case studies and an overview report from hospitals with exceptionally low readmission rates: McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah; Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center in Houston, Texas; Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and St. John's Regional Health Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Visit to view comparative data on 30-day readmission rates for heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia patients.
  • And visit the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Web site to learn about an initiative, supported by The Commonwealth Fund and led by IHI, to reduce rehospitalizations in four states: Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, and Washington.

  • Publication Details

    Publication Date: May 10, 2011