Hospital Readmissions: Impact of Mental Illness

Workshop

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Overview

Workshop Presentations:

Maryland Hospital Association Care Transitions Steering Committee Update
Jeff Richardson, MBA, Executive Director, Mosiac Community

Project RED: Mental Illness and Hospital Readmissions
Larry Culpepper, MD, Chief, Department of Family Medicine, Boston University

mHealth: Why It Matters Here and Now
Pete P. Celano, Director Consumer Initiatives, MedStar Health

Multidimensional Behavioral Health Screening To Reduce Readmissions?
Steve Daviss, MD, CMIO, M3 Information

Maryland healthcare providers, hospitals and healthcare stakeholders are focused on best practices to reduce hospital readmissions. There are a number of factors that contribute to hospital readmissions which include opportunities to better coordinate care. Hospital-based initiatives to improve communication with patients and providers, coordinate care after discharge, and improve the quality of care, reduce readmissions.

This workshop will discuss the impact on readmissions of co-occurring behavioral health conditions and the use of mobile health technology to improve their identification and management. A study, “Post-Discharge Hospital Utilization Among Adult Medical Inpatients With Depressive Symptoms”, published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine in 2010, concluded that a positive screen for depressive symptoms during an inpatient stay is associated with a 73% higher rate of readmission within 30 days of discharge. Hospitalized patients who screen positive for behavioral health conditions need to be identified in order to effectively address preventable readmissions. Evidence-based methods to do so will be discussed.

Please RSVP to [email protected]. Phone: (301)444-4400

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