Reducing Hospital Readmissions: FSL’s ACTIVATE Program

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Hospital readmission is a prevalent issue in healthcare today. It refers to a situation in which a patient is released from the hospital only to return within a 30, 60, or 90-day period for similar or related treatment. This metric is frequently utilized to assess the quality of hospital services, as it may indicate that post-discharge care was inadequately planned or that the patient was not completely treated prior to being discharged.

At FSL, we have developed a comprehensive approach to reducing hospital readmissions through a novel program called ACTIVATE. Our main objective is to enhance patient care following discharge, ensuring individuals understand and adhere to their instructions and connect to vital community resources.

Adult Day Health Understanding the Hospital Readmission Problem

One of the top reasons for hospital readmissions revolves around patients’ struggles to comply with discharge instructions once they’re home. This issue — coupled with a lack of access to necessary resources — often leads to patients returning to the hospital within a short period. Readmission rates in hospitals nationwide attest to this hospital readmission problem.

ACTIVATE: A Solution for Reducing Hospital Readmissions

ACTIVATE aims to tackle the problem of hospital readmission head-on by focusing on bridging the gap between hospital care and home care. As a nonprofit, FSL offers free assistance for MercyCare Long-Term Care (MCP-LTC), Medicare, Veterans, and uninsured and undocumented patients upon discharge from any Dignity Health Hospital in the Phoenix area, working with them every step of the way as they transition back to home life.

Here’s how ACTIVATE works and what it includes:

  • Scheduling of and transportation to follow-up appointments: Many readmissions stem from missed appointments due to a lack of reliable transportation. We ensure that patients get to their appointments on time.
  • Ensuring prescriptions are filled and taken correctly: Mismanagement of medication is another common cause of readmissions. Our team ensures prescriptions are filled and that patients understand how to take them properly.
  • Adhering to discharge instructions: We take the time to interpret and explain discharge instructions, helping to mitigate any confusion or misunderstanding.
  • Obtaining necessary medical equipment: We assist in procuring any necessary medical equipment, eliminating one more obstacle to recovery.
  • Connecting to community resources: We help patients connect to local resources that they may need for their recovery journey.

ACTIVATE’s goal is to prevent hospital readmissions within 90 days of discharge. With a success rate of 98%, we’re making strides in tackling the hospital readmission problem.

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FSL Patient Care Advocates like Sarah offer 1:1 counseling and connection to resources.

Understanding the Impact: Hospital Readmission Costs and Effects

The effects of hospital readmissions are far-reaching. From increased hospital readmission costs for both healthcare systems and patients to the emotional toll of repeated hospital stays, readmissions represent a critical issue in our healthcare system.

ACTIVATE’s approach to reducing hospital readmissions not only cuts costs but also contributes to a better quality of life for patients. It addresses crucial factors like social isolation and hospital readmissions by fostering a sense of community and providing essential social support during the recovery process.

Overcoming the Causes of Hospital Readmission

Understanding the causes of hospital readmission is the first step in figuring out how to reduce readmission rates in hospitals. ACTIVATE’s all-encompassing approach targets these underlying causes, providing patients with the support they need during a vulnerable time.

Get Involved: How to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

Reducing readmissions is a community effort. Here’s how to reduce hospital readmissions in our own neighborhoods:

  • Support programs like ACTIVATE: By providing free services to patients, we can directly tackle the causes of readmissions.
  • Educate ourselves and others: By understanding the issues, we can advocate for change and assist in prevention efforts.
  • Volunteer or donate: By giving our time or resources, we can help extend these services to more individuals.

Learn More About ACTIVATE

For more information on how to join us in reducing hospital readmissions, we encourage you to explore our ACTIVATE program further and get involved in the effort to foster healthier communities. You can also call us at 602-406-2374 to learn more about ACTIVATE! Together, we can tackle the issue of hospital readmissions and make a difference in the lives of our fellow citizens.

About FSL

For more information on how to join us in reducing hospital readmissions, we encourage you to explore our ACTIVATE program further and get involved in the effort to foster healthier communities. You can also call us at 602-406-2374 to learn more about ACTIVATE! Together, we can tackle the issue of hospital readmissions and make a difference in the lives of our fellow citizens.

Established in 1974, the Foundation for Senior Living is dedicated to providing integrated, customized care for those who need it in the Phoenix area. We offer a wide range of home- and community-based services, including:

All of these are designed to enable Arizonans of all ages to live happier, healthier, more independent lives. If you or someone you know is struggling to have their needs met, don’t hesitate to contact us to find out how we can help you. And if you’re able, consider donating or volunteering your time to our mission. We can’t wait to work with you!

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