Boutwell AE, Bihrle Johnson M, Rutherford P, et al. An early look at a four-state initiative to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions. Health Affairs. 2011 Jul;30(7):1272-1280.
Improving transitions in care and reducing avoidable rehospitalizations require engaging providers across organizational and service-line boundaries. The STate Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations initiative (STAAR) aims to reduce rates of avoidable rehospitalization in Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, and Washington by mobilizing state-level leadership to improve care transitions. Two years into its four-year cycle, the initiative has so far been successful in aligning numerous complementary initiatives within a state, developing statewide rehospitalization data reports, and mobilizing a sizable number of hospitals to work on reducing rehospitalizations.
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