New Jersey launches initiative to reduce heart failure readmissions

The New Jersey Hospital Association’s Institute for Quality and Patient Safety has launched a yearlong collaborative partnership to reduce heart failure hospital readmissions and improve the quality of healthcare in New Jersey.

Goals of the initiative include:

  • Gaining a better understanding of why patients are being readmitted to hospitals;
  • Identifying and sharing best practices that will help reduce readmissions;
  • Developing resources for hospitals and post-acute providers to improve care of heart failure patients;
  • Developing resources for patients to better manage their heart failure; and
  • Using lessons learned from working with the heart failure population and readmissions data and spread this information to other groups such as diabetics, other cardiac patients and patients with pneumonia.

(Sources: The Advisory Board Daily Briefing, http://advisory.com, June 22, 2010; New Jersey Hospital Association, http://www.njha.com, June 17, 2010)