September 11, 2013, 1:00PM - 4:30PM
Philadelphia, PA, USA  

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City, Orchestra Room

Managing the unexpected is essential in high-risk organizations such as hospitals. This workshop aims to solicit participation by health informatics researchers, public health professionals, and healthcare administrators in the discussion of Hospital readmission and clinical risk management. 

Clinical risk management (CRM) plays a crucial role in enabling hospitals to identify, analyze, monitor, and manage risks related to patient safety. CRM focuses on clinical processes directly and indirectly related to the patient. Successful management strategies can prevent and control the risks and improve the quality and safety of healthcare. Hospital readmission (HR) refers to patient admission to a hospital after being discharged from an earlier hospital stay. 30-day readmission rate is considered as an indicator for evaluating the quality of care. In the U.S., starting from 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began to use readmission rates as a quality metric to determine the reimbursement to hospitals. Predicting hospital readmission risk helps identify which patients would benefit most from care transition interventions, such as arranging a visiting nurse for the patient after the discharge. The topic has received a great deal of attention recently among healthcare professionals. This imminent issue strongly suggests the need for a workshop to provide a common platform for discussion of this challenging problem and potential solutions.