Columbus Community Hospital featured in American Hospital Association publication
Columbus Community Hospital (CCH) was recently featured in a publication by the American Hospital Association (AHA) thanks to its work to improve the quality of its patient care.
CCH was featured in the AHA’s Members in Action series, which highlights how hospitals and health systems are implementing new value-based strategies to improve health care affordability. This includes work to redesign health care delivery systems, manage risks, use new payment models, improve quality and outcomes, and implement operational solutions.
CCH was selected for the series because of its recent reduction in all-cause 30-day readmission rates. All-cause 30-day readmissions occur when patients are hospitalized for a short-stay and then experience an unplanned readmission for any cause within 30 days of discharge. From October 2016 to May 2018, CCH reduced these readmissions by 42 percent, saving more than $819,000 in hospital care.
The hospital’s success is due, in part, to interdisciplinary care teams that meet twice a day to discuss the needs and progress of each patient. These teams plan for patients’ care after discharge, while the patients are still in the hospital. CCH’s proactive approach allows patients to spend less time in the hospital and more time recovering at home.
CCH staff also worked with community partners to make medication reconciliation a priority. By working with skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, assisted living facilities and others, CCH helped streamline patients’ paperwork. They also conducted a community campaign to increase awareness about the importance of keeping a current list of medications.
AHA’s Members in Action series further explains CCH’s recent success and features thoughts from CCH medical professionals.
View the full feature here: The Value Initiative