Nursing Grand Rounds: Hospital Readmissions – What’s All the Hype?


On Tuesday July 25th Darlene Graves, MSN, BSN, CCM provided an educational opportunity for HRH nursing staff to learn what their role was in preventing hospital readmissions. Darlene explained why it is important to prevent hospital readmissions, siting increased risk of secondary infections with patients readmitted, as well as financial penalties to the healthcare facility. She explained the importance of correct documentation and how the lack of it can cost the hospital thousands of dollars. A Medicare readmission occurs when a patient is discharged from a hospital to a non-acute setting (e.g., home, nursing home), and then is readmitted to the same or different acute care hospital within a specific time period (usually 30 days). It is possible this time period could increase to 90 days at some point in the near future. Nurses in attendance reviewed the 12 components of Project Red (Re-Engineered Discharge) and how the care they provide can assist their patients from being readmitted.

Nursing Grand Rounds provides evidenced-based education for HRH nurses and offers 1.0 nursing contact hours of continuing education. The next Nursing Grand Rounds is scheduled for August 11th. “The Care of the Oncology Patient” will be presented by Ellen Taylor, MSN, OCN.




NGR 2017-18 Schedule:

Aug. 11th – Care of the Oncology Patient

Aug. 23rd – Pediatric Symposium

Sept 19th – Effective Communication Between Physician and Nurse

Nov. 29th – Diabetes

Dec. – none scheduled

Jan (date to be determined) – Narcotics

Feb 20th – MDRO – Isolation Procedures