Medical Center reduces 30 day readmissions for heart failure by 46 percent

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center was able to reduce 30 day readmission rates for elderly patients with heart failure by 46 percent, according to the Commonwealth Fund. 

According to the study, with support from medical center leaders and a multidisciplinary team, program coordinators provide enhanced patient education and follow-up care connections to promote the patient’s successful transition to home or to skilled nursing care. Over two years, rates of all-cause heart failure readmissions in the target population declined by 46 percent within 30 days of hospital discharge and by 35 percent within 90 days.  

The program is now being expanded to younger patients.

(Sources: The Advisory Board Daily Briefing,, November 27, 2012; The Commonwealth Fund,, November 14, 2012)