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A Quality Improvement Plan to Reduce 30-Day Readmissions of Heart Failure Patients

Simpson, Monica DNP, ARNP, NP-C, CCNS-CMC

doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000038

An evidence-based quality initiative to decrease heart failure 30-day readmissions was implemented at a hospital in Florida. Heart failure education and postdischarge telephone contact were provided to patients determined to be at high risk of readmission using risk stratification tools. The rate during the project decreased 13% as compared to the same time period in the previous year and 8.5% from the 2012 year to date rate.

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Correspondence: Monica Simpson, DNP, ARNP, NP-C, CCNS-CMC, 9605 NW 26th Court Coral Springs, FL 33065 (

The author declares no conflict of interest.

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Accepted for publication November 3, 2013.

Published ahead of print: December 27, 2013.

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