Golisano Children's Hospital / Quality / Quality and Safety / 7 Day Readmissions 7 Day Readmissions Why This Measure is Important Payers, regulatory bodies and government all are encouraging hospitals to reduce readmissions. Unnecessary readmissions are a hardship for patients and their families, and increase costs. How We Measure This measure is a count of the number of unplanned readmissions that occur within 7 days of discharge. Our goal is to maintain a 7 day readmission rate lower than the national benchmark, ultimately driving towards zero. What We Are Doing to Improve Scheduling follow-up medical appointments and post discharge tests/labs prior to discharge Identifying high risk populations of patients and develop specialized care coordination plans All discharge instructions contain specifics about potential problems and a plan for what to do if they arise (e.g. who to call) Providing feedback to clinicians when their patient has been readmitted within 7 days Participate in Solutions for Patient Safety Readmission group, a national improvement collaborative focused on eliminating all patient harm by sharing ideas, data, and best practices among United States children’s hospitals Reviewing all cases of ≤7 day readmissions to identify opportunities for improvement Improving communication with outpatient providers to help patients transition more seamlessly from hospital to home/outpatient care.