Chicago hospital cuts down readmissions through discharge clinic

A discharge clinic operated by Chicago's Mercy Hospital & Medical Center has been able to slash readmission rates by about 85 percent. The clinic, staffed by a pharmacist and nurse practitioner, was able to cut the readmission rate from 7 percent of all patients to about 1 percent, according to Hospitals & Health Networks Daily. The pharmacist plays a significant role in preventing readmissions due to the fact that medication issues often play a role in the deterioration of inpatients after discharge. And discharges went down the most when patients were evaluated by both the pharmacist and nurse practitioner. Read the full article at FierceHealthcare