Home Care Recognized for Improving Patient Care
May 6, 2009
Jackson, Mich. — Allegiance Home Care was selected by the Michigan Peer Review Organization (MPRO) as Michigan’s only home care agency to present to the Reducing Re-hospitalization Initiative Steering Committee in April.
The Steering Committee has been asked by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to identify ways to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions. Readmissions represent a patient’s return to the hospital for treatment of the same condition within 30 days. This initiative is supported by leaders of MPRO and the Michigan Hospital Association Keystone Center for Patient Safety and Quality.
Since opening in 1996, Allegiance Home Care has made significant progress in decreasing patient readmission rates, following treatment by home care staff. Since 2000, the percentage of patients who have been re-hospitalized after Allegiance Home Care treatment decreased from 23.8 percent to 19.6 percent, which is 7 percent below the national average.
"Our success in decreasing readmissions is the result of close collaboration across our care team," said Sandy Austin, director of Chronic Care Services at Allegiance Health. "We are honored to present the results of our focused efforts to improve patient care."
For more information on this initiative or services provided by Allegiance Home Care, call (517) 841-6982.