Reducing readmissions is often a central goal to COPD care teams. But the best strategy for reducing readmission is to prevent admission in the first place.
Rather than get their patients after they are discharged from the ED, forward-thinking care teams are starting to embrace outreach and prevention.
Chris Landon explains a recent initiative in which 2,200 COPD patients were registered through an outreach effort, “We launched an outreach program. We went to people’s homes and went to senior health fairs.”
Effective outreach efforts include direct outreach to early-stage COPD patient, as well as education for medical staff who are in positions to identify these patients.