AHRQ Releases Toolkit to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

Every year millions of patients are readmitted to hospitals, and many of those stays could have been prevented.

The Re-Engineered Discharge (RED)Toolkit, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, can help hospitals reduce readmission rates by replicating the discharge process that resulted in 30% fewer hospital readmissions and emergency room visits.

Developed by the Boston University Medical Center, the newly expanded toolkit provides guidance to implement the RED for all patients, including those with limited English proficiency and from diverse cultural backgrounds.

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