SOURCE: Society of Chest Pain Centers

Society of Chest Pain Centers

May 18, 2010 09:45 ET

Society of Chest Pain Centers Joins the Hospital to Home Initiative

Goal Set to Reduce Heart Patient Hospital Re-admission Rates by 20 Percent by End of 2010

COLUMBUS, OH--(Marketwire - May 18, 2010) -  The Society of Chest Pain Centers, an international nonprofit society focused on saving lives of heart patients, has announced that it will join the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) as a strategic partner to promote the Hospital to Home (H2H) initiative. The goal is to reduce hospital re-admission rates for heart patients by 20 percent by the end of 2012.

Sponsored by ACC and IHI, H2H is a national effort to decrease hospital readmission rates among patients with cardiovascular conditions. The initial focus is on heart attack and heart failure patients because of the high readmission rates associated with these conditions.

Nearly 20 percent of Medicare patients are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge, and nearly half of heart failure patients are readmitted within six months. H2H addresses an ongoing concern with the high cost of readmissions. In 2005, the total spending on readmissions for heart attack and heart failure patients was $726 million.

H2H will outline strategies and provide tools to meet three goals that will help reduce readmissions:

  • Medication management after discharge -- Is the patient familiar with his or her medications and competent to take them?
  • Early follow up -- Is the patient scheduled for a follow-up visit within one week of discharge and able to get there?
  • Symptom management -- Does the patient fully comprehend the signs and symptoms that require medical attention and know who to contact if these signs and symptoms occur?

Through its Chest Pain Center and Heart Failure Accreditation programs, the Society of Chest Pain Centers has long recognized the importance of discharge criteria and includes this as a requirement for accreditation. Specifically, hospitals seeking Chest Pain Center and Heart Failure accreditation must have well-documented processes for discharge that address such topics as discharge instructions, follow-up care, medication adjustment and compliance, and patient and family education regarding behaviors and lifestyle changes.

As a strategic partner in H2H, the Society of Chest Pain Centers has made a commitment to co- marketing, publically endorsing, and actively promoting the H2H initiative.

For additional information about SCPC, visit our website at www.scpcp.org.

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