WIHI: Breaking the Cycle of Readmissions

Date: May 7, 2009


  • Amy Boutwell, MD, Content Director, IHI
  • Thomas H. Lee, PhD, CEO, Partners Community Healthcare, Inc.

No one welcomes a return trip to the hospital once you’ve been sent home. And that’s certainly not what health care providers intend. Yet, for a significant number of patients, bouncing back into the hospital happens all too frequently — for costly reasons that could be better anticipated and avoided. So, how do you reduce hospital readmissions, especially in a notoriously fragmented health care system? Guests Amy Boutwell and Tom Lee join WIHI host Madge Kaplan to discuss this important issue.

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