Safe Table Discusses Readmissions and Care Transitions in Rural Areas

Posted on May 24, 2018

The MHA Keystone Center hosted a safe table May 17 in Kalkaska. Nearly a dozen MHA Keystone Center Patient Safety Organization (PSO) members attended the event, which offered a legally protected environment to have open dialogue regarding healthcare safety and quality issues. Attendees discussed transitions of care and readmissions, especially as it pertains to rural hospitals.

Unplanned readmissions are a prevalent issue in healthcare, but often are difficult to tackle because of a highly complex delivery system. Readmission rate reductions are problematic for small and rural hospitals that serve populations who often don’t have adequate access to post-discharge care.

Attendees were also able to discuss the importance of proper patient and family education, especially prior to discharge, and how it helps prevent readmissions. Overall, participants were able to come away from the event with strategies to engage patients and families in their care and learn a more proactive, multidisciplinary approach to improve transitions of care. 

Members with questions should contact the MHA Keystone Center PSO.

Tags: MHA Keystone Center, Patient Safety and Quality, readmissions, safe table

Posted in: Patient Safety & Quality

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