Georgetown Home Care Lowers Preventable Hospital Readmissions With Its Key Program

Thursday, November 21, 2019 Hospital News
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Pilot program reduced readmissions by over 44%; Contract signed with Georgetown Hospital; Partnership improves patient outcomes;

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Georgetown Home Care (GHC) recently conducted a pilot program, now called the Key Program, with Medstar Georgetown University Hospital (no affiliation) that significantly lowered their preventable hospital readmission rate.

The pilot program targeted spinal surgery patients, and in two months was able to reduce the hospital's preventable readmissions by 44% among this population. Georgetown Home Care has signed a contract with Medstar Georgetown University Hospital to continue and expand this program to more departments within the hospital for fiscal year 2020. Through this collaboration, GHC foresees a significant improvement in patient outcomes.

"It was amazing what a positive effect the GHC pilot program had on our readmission rates!" said Ruth Adonizio, Director of Readmission Reduction at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital. "What was more amazing was how the readmission rate went right back up when the pilot ended. This was a big reason we agreed to sign a contract to continue the program with GHC."

Georgetown Home Care achieved these results by implementing a proprietary process that is the result of closely studying the widespread problem of preventable hospital readmissions and enabling better transitions to home. "Our partnership with Medstar Georgetown University Hospital produced outstanding results," says John Bradshaw, President of Georgetown Home Care. "By working closely with hospital leadership, we were able to customize a repeatable process to help them lower their rate of readmission significantly. We couldn't be happier with the results and our on-going partnership." From an institutional perspective, GHC's Key Program produces results in a more cost effective and easier way than if the hospital or facility were to try and recreate this in house.

GHC's Key Program was designed to answer the question of "why do patients keep coming back here?" The Key Program is a proprietary program that provides Nurse Practitioners to make house calls following a transition home from the hospital. The Key Program gives physicians eyes and ears in the home in order to better understand the patient's ability to recover and what makes some more successful than others at doing so.

As of November 2019, GHC's Key Program is available to all hospitals and facilities in the DC metro area.

 

SOURCE Georgetown Home Care



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