PTN Best Practices Podcast: “Reducing Unnecessary ED Visits” with Thomas and Kirkland

The “Avoidable Admissions ED Toolkit” was created by a variety of experts during TCPI and is comprised of five key tactical areas that address improving access in the practice; having the appropriate triage systems in place so patients are not unknowingly directed toward the emergency department; a set of tactics for informing and educating the patients; strategies for local collaboration and partnerships with other members of the medical neighborhood; and tactics that promote structured, routine, effective follow-up with patients.

In Episode 14, our hosts showcase the “Avoidable Admissions ED Toolkit.” This toolkit was formed to help practices focus on the quality improvement effort of reducing unnecessary emergency department visits. During the second year of TCPI, an ED SWAT Team set out to create the framework of the toolkit. The toolkit was then released in 2017. Dr. Russell Rothman and Dr. Thomas Spain are excited to be presenting the toolkit at the TCPI Exposition in Baltimore this week. CMS has approved a project for making this toolkit digital to pave the way for access and ease of use to other practices to learn about quality improvement and value and to equip these practices with the tools they would need to be able to reduce unnecessary ED visits. To hear more about the “Avoidable Admissions ED Toolkit,” tune in to Episode 14: “Reducing Unnecessary ED Visits” with Thomas and Kirkland.

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The views expressed in this story are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of included persons or entities. Additionally, this work was funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, under grant number 1CMS331549-03-00. The contents provided are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.

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