Each compact action brief contains information about the scope of the problem and strategies to address it. The brief on preventable readmissions, for instance, urges providers to improve hospital discharge services with better discharge plans, timely follow-up with nurse advocates and medication reconciliation. Additionally, the NPP argued in the brief for payment reform that rewards providers with a share of net savings earned from reducing readmissions.
In the brief on medication errors, the NPP advocated several solutions including use of a bar-code medication-administration system and engagement of patients in the medical decisionmaking process.
“These actions can be put into practice in every state and community across the country,” said Dr. Bernard Rosof, chairman of the American Medical Association’s Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement and NPP co-chair. “The evidence is clear, the solutions practical, and the suggested actions can make a difference.”