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Thursday, December 6, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PT.

Summary from 12/6 Pacing Event: “The Role of Behavioral Health in Hospital Readmissions: Resources and Interventions to Effect Change”

As HIINs and their partner hospitals continue their work to impact readmission rates, this Pacing Event explored the critical impact of behavioral health on hospital readmissions. The discussion focused on the importance of addressing the needs of patients with behavioral health conditions as a facilitator to address hospital readmissions. In addition, the session shared findings from research to identify effective interventions for addressing this patient population, as well as highlighted disparities in care and the importance of patient engagement.

Specifically, the session featured presentations from:

  • Jie Chen, PhD, from the Department of Health Services Administration in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland, who discussed her research on mental health interventions, their impact on hospital readmissions, and identified racial and ethnic disparities in care.
  • Nancy Landor, RN, MS, CPHQ, from the NYSPfP HIIN, who is a lead member of the behavioral health workgroup under the HIIN-led Readmissions Affinity Group. She will present the development of a resource package focused on behavioral health in med-surg units, including discussing the impetus for this work, the primary drivers identified, and how hospitals can use this resource package in their work.
  • Al Cardillo, President and CEO of the Home Care Association of New York State provided some insights as to the benefits of including multiple stakeholders across the continuum to ensure optimal care is provided to patients.

A copy of the HIIN Readmissions Affinity Group’s Behavioral Health Resource Package is available for download with the Pacing Event materials, here

The session was moderated by Bruce Spurlock, MD (NCD).

To view and download slides from this Pacing Event, as they are available, click here.