Many Hospital Readmissions Are Preventable

Reducing San Diego County hospital readmissionsPatients are often discharged from the hospital without the skills or resources to care for themselves at home. They might misunderstand medication or diet instructions or might not have a primary care provider to follow-up with after discharge.

Programs that have patients demonstrate their ability to carry out instructions prior to discharge can help identify patient deficits while the patient is still in the hospital.

Discharge clinics are another way that hospitalists and other healthcare providers are trying to compensate for a lack of primary care providers in the community. These programs have many strengths, but there is a risk that patients may overuse them for things better suited for primary care providers. Some believe this strategy is merely a bandage for a system that needs a bigger fix.

Read more: Many Hospital Readmissions Are Preventable.

Originally posted 2012-05-03 16:30:24.

Tim Colling
Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to and to as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.

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