Ready to Reduce Your Hospital’s Readmissions?

More than 100 hospitals across the country have used Project BOOST to reduce readmissions and improve their discharge processes. You and your hospital can be next by applying for Project BOOST. The deadline for the next national cohort of Project BOOST is Sept. 1.

To improve your chances of acceptance, start soon. In addition to an online form, the application requires a letter of support from an executive sponsor from each institution.

To improve your chances of acceptance, start soon. In addition to an online form, the application requires a letter of support from an executive sponsor from each institution.

In October, accepted Project BOOST sites will receive:

  • A comprehensive intervention developed by a panel of nationally recognized experts based on the best available evidence;
  • A comprehensive implementation guide that provides step-by-step instructions and project management tools, such as the “teachback” training curriculum, to help interdisciplinary teams redesign work flow and plan, implement, and evaluate the intervention;
  • Longitudinal technical assistance that provides face-to-face training and a year of expert mentoring and coaching to implement BOOST interventions that build a culture that supports safe and complete transitions. The mentoring program provides a “train-the-trainer” DVD and curriculum for nurses and case managers on using the teachback process, and webinars targeting the educational needs of other team members, including administrators, data analysts, physicians, nurses; and others;
  • A collaboration that allows sites to communicate with and learn from each other via the BOOST listserv, BOOST community site, and quarterly all-site teleconferences and webinars; and
  • Access to the BOOST data center, an online resource center that allows sites to store and benchmark data against control units and other sites and generate reports.

To start the application process, visit www.hospitalmedicine.org/boost.

Brendon Shank is SHM’s associate vice president for communications.

Project BOOST Objectives

  • Identify high-risk patients on admission and target risk-specific interventions;
  • Reduce 30-day readmission rates for general medicine patients;
  • Reduce length of stay (LOS);
  • Improve facility patient satisfaction and H-CAHPS scores; and
  • Improve information flow between inpatient and outpatient providers.

About Brendon Shank

Brendon Shank joined the Society of Hospital Medicine in February 2011 and serves as Associate Vice President of Communications. He is responsible for maintaining a dialogue between SHM and its many audiences, including members, media and others in healthcare.

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