Hospital Readmissions

Read Our Report:

Potentially Avoidable Hospital Readmissions Report and Recommendations
(Adopted July 2014)
Hospital Readmission Rates in Washington State, by Hospital

(Adopted November 2013)

Unplanned hospital readmissions are often due to the lack of a comprehensive and patient-centered discharge plan or care coordination. These potentially avoidable hospital readmissions are a sign of low quality care, lead to poor patient health, and are expensive. To address this problem, the workgroup developed three strategies:

  • Alignment with local activities to reduce hospital readmissions
  • Increasing measurement, transparency, and reporting
  • Tying physician and hospital payment to the reduction of avoidable hospital readmissions

This workgroup met from May 2012 to March 2013 and reconvened with new membership from April to June 2014.

Supporting Materials:

Workgroup Charter
Letter from Health Care Authority Accepting Hospital Readmissions Recommendations
Hospital Readmissions Public Comments

Workgroup Members

Member Title Organization
Sharon Eloranta MD Medical Director, Quality and Safety Initiatives Qualis Health
Stuart Freed MD Medical Director Wenatchee Valley Medical Center
Rick Goss MD, MPH Medical Director Harborview Medical Center – University of Washington
Leah Hole-Marshall JD Medical Administrator Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Dan Lessler MD, MHA Medical Director Health Care Authority
Robert Mecklenburg MD Medical Director, Center for Health Care Solutions Virginia Mason Medical Center
Amber Theel RN, MBA Director, Patient Safety Practices Washington State Hospital Association