Hospital Readmissions and the Ambulatory Care Provider

Hospital Readmissions and the Ambulatory Care Provider 

Hospital readmissions have been a financial burden for many years. Each year, several readmissions have the potential of being avoided (Nexus Health Resources, 2014). Healthcare providers, payers, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private companies continue to work together to solve this expensive problem. Among other things, poor follow-up care has been identified as contributing to this problem. It is for this reason that ambulatory care providers are part of the solution to readmission prevention. This course serves as an introduction to the ambulatory care provider hospital readmission prevention learning path. Hospital readmission prevention is a top priority for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) because of its costly effects. This introductory course will examine different concepts and statistics related to readmissions. It will also cite readmission prevention resources and strategies for ambulatory care providers.


Hours: 0.50


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-PI-0-P4PC10
Hours: 0.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 1/31/2021
Learning Objectives:
Define readmission rates and how they are measured.
Recognize the important role ambulatory care providers have in preventing readmissions.
Identify strategies for ambulatory care providers in preventing readmissions.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Readmission Rates A. Tony’s Readmission B. What is the Definition of a Hospital Readmission? C. How are Readmissions Measured? D. What are Some Risk Stratification Tools? E. How Do the Statistics for Readmissions Apply to Ambulatory Care? F. Review G. Summary Section 3: Ambulatory Care Providers Can Prevent Readmissions A. What are the Financial Effects for Ambulatory Care Providers? B. What are Good Resources for Readmission Prevention? C. What Can Ambulatory Care Providers Do to Prevent Readmissions? D. Review E. Summary Section 4: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. Resources D. References

Instructor: Alisa Brewer, BSN, RN
Alisa Brewer, BSN, RN, has worked in ambulatory care, acute care, and occupational health with her most recent position as clinical coordinator in primary care. As clinical coordinator, she was responsible for quality improvement, care coordination and education, clinical staff training and compliance, and overall safety of the clinic. She also participated in patient-centered medical home (PCMH) and other healthcare improvement initiatives. Additionally, she has experience in hospital-affiliated urgent care where she provided patient care utilizing quality improvement measures, served as nurse preceptor, and nurse IT liaison. Alisa currently works at Relias Learning where she serves as content writer and subject matter expert for various healthcare topics. Disclosure: Alisa Brewer, BSN, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry level Physicians; Nurses; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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