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 18-month collaborative effort to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions that occur within 30 days of hospital discharge.
- Prevent 4,000 readmissions within 30 days of hospital discharge by June 30, 2013.
- Reduce the overall readmission rate for Medicare beneficiaries by 20 percent (based on claims data from Medicare 2010).
- Decrease healthcare expenditures related to readmissions.
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 Statewide FFS Hospital Readmission Report: Q3 2012–Q2 2013
Health Services Advisory Group, Inc. (HSAG), the Arizona Quality Improvement Organization (QIO), is pleased to provide you with the fourth Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) Statewide Readmissions report. This report is designed to serve as a discussion point for hospital leaders to assess, prioritize, implement, and monitor strategies to reduce avoidable readmissions. In October 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) imposed the second financial penalty for readmissions within 30 days of discharge. That penalty increased from a maximum of 1 percent to 2 percent.
Access the report: Statewide Medicare FFS Readmissions Report (Q3 2012–Q2 2013)
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 February 6, 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: January 1, 2014)
Tracking Tool Illustrated Instructions
Harm Reduction and Cost Calculator
This cost calculator allows hospitals the opportunity to estimate their current hospital acquired condition (HAC) or readmission rates, track the number of HACs or readmissions prevented to date, estimate the cost savings to date, and estimate the number of HACs or readmissions to be prevented in order to be at the goal rate.
Readmission Calculator created as part of the AHA HRET HEN initiative and developed by Cynosure Health.
Click here to access the data calculator.
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.
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.