United Healthcare announced last week they would bestow a $1.1 million grant to the Colorado Hospital Association to help hospitals statewide implement a proven, evidence-based program to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions. Platte Valley Medical Center is excited to receive $40,000 over two years.
“We are grateful for this generous grant opportunity,” elates Care Coordination Manager Evan Landvik. “We appreciate United Healthcare’s foresight and commitment to the future; it dovetails perfectly with Platte Valley Medical Center’s desire to build smooth transitions through a continuum of care. Building clinically appropriate transitions of care that reduces acute care readmissions is a challenge that we embrace wholeheartedly.”
Platte Valley Medical Center is still determining the best use of its $40,000 grant, but initial ideas include:
- In the first year, true to the Project RED program supported by CHA and UHC, our focus will be internal and centered on improving patient education.
- We intend to provide additional training and tools to help our nurses become better educators, with the ultimate goal of empowering patients to take charge of their health.
- We intend to provide additional education resources for our patients. With the goal, once again, of empowering patients to take charge of their health.
- We intend to provide essential simple equipment a patient may need prior to discharge. For example, if a CHF patient needs a scale at home to monitor their weight, we will provide them with one.
- In the second year, we will reach out to our community partners to develop quality transitions through the entire continuum of medical care. It is too early for us to forecast exactly how we will utilize these additional resources during the second year; however, we will continue to assess how best to use this generous grant.
An estimated 20 percent of patients have complications or an adverse event after being discharged from the hospital, according to a recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Avoidable readmissions, which are often due to a lack of patient knowledge regarding their follow-up care, cost the health system more than $30.8 billion annually, according to the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research.
“This work will result in significant improvements for Colorado residents and drive significant cost savings for both patients and providers,” said Steven Summer, president and CEO, the Colorado Hospital Association. “Through this innovative collaboration, UnitedHealthcare, Colorado Hospital Association and the participating member hospitals are taking an important step toward reducing avoidable readmissions and, ultimately, improving the quality of life for scores of Colorado residents.”