Welcome to the No Place Like Home Campaign!

The No Place Like Home Campaign seeks to engage hospitals, rehabilitation and nursing homes, hospices, home health agencies, community pharmacies, clinician offices, community-based organizations, and other care providers in a robust, intense collaborative effort to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions that occur within 30 days of hospital discharge.

Phase 2 Kick Off on March 23, 2015. Save this date now!
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Phase 1 Goals

  1. Prevent 4,000 readmissions within 30 days of hospital discharge by June 30, 2013.
  2. Reduce the overall readmission rate for Medicare beneficiaries by 20 percent (based on claims data from Medicare 2010).
  3. Decrease healthcare expenditures related to readmissions.

What's New

Medicare Statewide FFS Hospital Readmission Report: Q2 2013–Q1 2014
Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG), the Arizona Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO), is pleased to provide you with the tenth Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) Hospital Readmissions Report. Data are for Medicare FFS Part-A claims and span the most recent four quarters of data available from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), showing readmission data for discharges from April 1, 2013, through March 2014 (Q2 2013–Q1 2014). Please note, based on your input, HSAG has a new report format. Let us know what you think by emailing Barb Averyt at baveryt@hsag.com.

Access the report: Statewide_Medicare_Readmissions_Report_Q2_2013_Q1_2014.pdf

Advancing Excellence Readmission Tracker Tool Tutorial Webinars
These short video tutorials will help you use the Advancing Excellence Tracker Tool to collect data in a standardized way. Learn how to share data, identify the causes of readmissions, and create effective solutions for readmission reduction by using the tool.

  1. Where Is It And How Do I Find It? (Recording Link | Transcript)
  2. How Do I Transfer Data To A New Workbook? (Recording Link | Transcript)
  3. How Do I De-Identify My Data? (Recording Link | Transcript)
  4. How Do I Customize A Report? (Recording Link | Transcript)
  5. Help! My Information Isn't Populating Correctly! (Recording Link | Transcript)
  6. Troubleshooting. (Recording Link | Transcript)

North County HealthCare Clinical Pharmacy is helping patients in Northern Arizona achieve positive health outcomes by successfully incorporating integrated medication management services through innovative programs like telemedicine and a clinical pharmacy where staff members work with patients to ensure proper medication management and adherence.

To learn more, view the video.

Intervention-in-Action Videos
These short Intervention-in-Action videos showcase some of Arizona's best and promising practices that have been successful in reducing avoidable hospital readmissions. These videos were recently shared during the No Place Like Home Campaign Statewide Conference on October 2, 2013.

To view the videos, click here.

For presentations and materials associated with these videos, view our Past Events Page.

Medicare Readmission Penalties by Hospital (Year 2)
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services evaluated the readmission rates of 3,3,79 hospitals in determining the second year of penalties in the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program. Penalties will be applied to all Medicare payments for patient stays between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014. For more information, click here.

Return-to-Acute Readmission Tracker Toolkit (new version released March 20, 2014)
Materials in this toolkit will help track and calculate rates for 30-day readmission, hospital admissions, transfers to emergency only, and transfers resulting in observation stay only. Tools also contain features that allow you to track progress and patterns and processes affecting your hospital transfers.

Updating to 2014
What's new in 2014 (changes and enhancements)
Safely Reduce Hospitalizations Tracking Tool (release date: March 20, 2014)
Tracking Tool Illustrated Instructions

No Place Like Home Campaign Video
In this video, we will introduce you to stakeholders working together to improve care for Arizona's patients and their families. But to be effective, we need everyone's expertise and involvement. Join with us as we discover why reducing hospital readmissions and allowing patients to safely recuperate in their homes is simply the right thing to do. Because . . . there really is no place like home.

Watch the video.

October 18, 2013
Arizona Department of Health Services Director's Blog—No Place Like Home
Over the last 18 months, the No Place Like Home Campaign exceed its goal of reducing 4,000 preventable readmissions, by preventing 5,872, an improvement of almost 20 percent from 2010 baseline data. These results propelled Arizona to the number one position in the nation for highest relative improvement rate in reducing Medicare hospital readmissions and became a model for many other states to replicate in their own campaigns to reduce readmissions

March 23, 2012
CMS Awards More Care Transitions Grants
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently added 23 sites to its Community-based Care Transitions Program (CCTP), which aims to prevent high-risk Medicare beneficiaries from being readmitted to the hospital. The two-year agreements involve community-based organizations working with other providers to transition patients from the hospital to their homes, nursing homes or other healthcare facilities.

March 16, 2012
Arizona Department of Health Services Director's Blog—AZ Kicks off the "No Place Like Home" Campaign
Kathy McCanna, Alan Oppenheim, and Connie Belden (from Licensing); and Kristy Benton (from Behavioral Health) recently jumped head-first into a new Arizona healthcare initiative called No Place Like Home, which is Arizona's approach to the Partnership for Patients: Better Care, Lower Costs project. The project aims to prevent hospital-acquired conditions and hospital readmissions. The name No Place Like Home means that it's better to be at home than back in a hospital. Click here to read the entire blog.

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Some material on this Web site is adapted from material originally prepared by the RARE Campaign.