Thirty-day heart failure readmissions can be reduced if multiple interventions, such as 7-day postdischarge follow-up, are implemented, but this task is challenging for health systems. Ten hospitals participated in a multisystem collaborative implementing evidence-based strategies. The overall 30-day readmission rate was reduced more in the collaborating hospitals than in the noncollaborating hospitals (from 29.32% to 27.66% vs from 27.66% to 26.03%, P = .008). Regional collaboration between health care systems within a quality improvement project was associated with reduced 30-day readmission.
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St Joseph Mercy Oakland, Pontiac, Michigan (Dr Pollard); College of Nursing, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan (Dr Oliver-McNeil); American College of Cardiology, Washington, District of Columbia (Ms Patel); Greater Detroit Area Health Council, Southfield, Michigan (Ms Mason); and MPRO, Farmington Hills, Michigan (Ms Baker).
Correspondence: Sandra Oliver-McNeil, DNP, ACNP-BC, College of Nursing, Wayne State University, 5777 Cass Ave, 312 Cohn Bldg, Detroit, MI 48202 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This project was made possible in part by funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The authors declare no conflict of interest.
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Accepted for publication: December 27, 2014
Published ahead of print: February 2, 2015