2023 Reducing Hospital Readmissions Congress

June 12-13, 2023 * Caesars Palace * Las Vegas, NV

2023 Reducing Hospital Readmissions Congress








About the Conference:

As Medicare and other healthcare payers experiment with alternative payment models, the pressure is building on hospitals and healthcare systems, as well as post-acute care and outpatient providers, to deliver care in a more efficient way while improving patient outcomes. Among the most important issues in alternative payment models are hospital readmissions—readmissions are expensive, a metric of poor-quality care, and often a sign of poor downstream functional outcomes. However, many readmissions are potentially preventable. The Hospital Readmission Reduction Program implemented by CMS reduces payments to acute care facilities with a high 30-day readmission rate. The key to keeping 30-day readmission rates low is preventing potentially avoidable hospitalizations by improving transitions of care and by providing effective primary care interventions. Keeping patients healthy and ensuring timely follow-up is paramount to preventing readmissions. Providers also need to ensure that the correct discharge orders for follow-up care are carried out. Additionally, including the patients and their families in the decision-making will lead to better understanding and hopefully better outcomes.

This conference will bring together healthcare leaders to highlight successful hospital strategies that reduce hospital readmissions, including improved discharge processes; successful reduction strategies for hospital acquired infections; patient safety; the impact of social determinants of health; reducing healthcare-associated infections; health IT solutions, artificial intelligence and digital health; optimizing transitions of care; the role of community partnerships; patient engagement strategies; providing palliative care across the continuum; health equity; payer-provider collaborations and more.


Who Should Attend?

Hospitals/Health Systems/Health Plans

  • Medical Management
  • Operations
  • Quality
  • Patient Financial Services
  • Emergency Department
  • Case Management
  • Nursing
  • Admissions
  • Care Management
  • Medical Records
  • CEO
  • CFO
  • COO
  • Finance
  • Denial Management
  • Billing
  • Compliance
  • Patient Flow
  • Public Relations
  • Administrators
  • Office Managers

Also of Interest to Consultants; Vendors; Solution Providers; TPA’s and Outsourcing Companies

Conference Agenda

Day One - Monday, June 12, 2023

7:15am – 8:00am

Conference Registration & Networking Breakfast


8:00am – 8:15am

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks


8:15am – 9:00am

Strategies for Reducing Hospital Readmissions

Reducing hospital readmissions is a major goal in healthcare. A readmission or rehospitalization occurs when a patient who has been discharged from the hospital is readmitted to the hospital within a certain timeframe—usually 30 days. Readmissions are costly to hospitals, patients and payers, and reduce patient care outcomes and satisfaction. Readmissions can be prevented with proper communication between healthcare providers and patients. This session will explore strategies hospitals can implement to reduce the risk of readmission after a patient is discharged.


9:00am – 9:45am

Improving Discharge Procedures to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

Hospital discharge procedures can be confusing and anxiety inducing for patients and caregivers as they try to make sense of the often-complicated instructions for medication and follow-up care. There may be multiple providers contributing to the paperwork handed to patients, including clinical specialists, therapists and social workers, each focused on different posthospital goals. Unplanned readmissions of patients due to lapses in posthospital care account for an estimated $20 billion annually for Medicare patients alone. Hospitals are under increasing pressure to improve the situation because of a provision of the Affordable Care Act called the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, which penalizes hospitals financially if they have higher-than-expected 30-day readmission rates for certain conditions. Topics to be discussed will include:

- Interventions, such as medication counseling and disease education

- Community care transition programs

- Communication skills that integrate patients’ needs, perceptions, social considerations and health knowledge

- Working across clinical and social service disciplines to improve patient knowledge and treatment adherence


9:45am – 10:15am

Networking & Refreshments Break


10:15am – 11:00am

Examining the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program

CMS’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) is a Medicare value-based purchasing program that encourages hospitals to improve communication and care coordination to better engage patients and caregivers in discharge plans and, in turn, reduce avoidable readmissions. HRRP improves healthcare by linking payment to the quality of hospital care. CMS incentivizes hospitals to improve communication and care coordination efforts to better engage patients and caregivers on post-discharge planning. session will explore how HRRP improves quality of care and saves taxpayer dollars by incentivizing providers to reduce excess readmissions.


11:00am – 11:45am   

The Impact of Social Determinants of Health on Hospital Readmission Risk

The Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) penalizes hospitals by withholding up to three percent of regular reimbursements if they have a higher-than-expected number of readmissions within 30 days of discharge for six specific conditions. Social determinants health—where people live, work, their mode of transportation—are critical data points that can be integrated into care management workflows to provide actionable data at the point of care and to enhance discharge planning. Taking that data in real-time to formulate a readmission risk score can help identify patients who may have SDOH barriers like transportation or housing instability risks. Care Management teams that have this information when a patient is admitted for care can appropriately plan and tailor their discharge plans to account for SDOH barriers before a patient leaves their facility. This session will explore how your health system can reduce hospital readmission risk using social determinants of health data and advanced analytics.


11:45am – 12:30pm

Healthcare-Associated Infection and Hospital Readmission

Patients with healthcare-associated infections may be at increased risk of hospital readmission. These findings may be used to impact health outcomes after discharge from the hospital and to encourage better infection prevention efforts. Hospital readmissions are a current target of initiatives to reduce healthcare costs. This session will explore efforts to reduce healthcare-associated infections and its effect on reducing the incidence of hospital readmission and associated poor patient outcomes and increased healthcare costs.


12:30pm – 1:30pm



1:30pm – 2:15pm

How Health IT Solutions are Being Implemented to Optimize the Patient Experience and Improve Health Outcomes

Reducing hospital readmissions and decreasing the average length of stay (ALOS) is a common goal among clinicians and caregivers. Avoidable readmissions can be expensive and are often a sign of poor communication among care professionals. Discharging patients too early can be dangerous, and the resulting readmission can be physically and emotionally costly. Meanwhile, reducing ALOS in a safe and effective manner can lower the risk of hospital-acquired conditions while saving precious time and resources.

This session will explore how health IT solutions are being implemented to uniquely optimize the patient experience and improve overall health outcomes.

Brian Jack
Professor of Family Medicine
Boston Medical Center


2:15pm – 3:15pm

Panel: Optimizing Transitions of Care to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

Transitions of care—when patients move from one healthcare facility to another or back home—that are poorly executed result in adverse effects for patients. Fortunately, programs can be implemented that enhance collaboration across care settings and improve outcomes including reducing hospital readmission rates. Traditional healthcare delivery models typically do not have mechanisms in place for coordinating care across settings, such as when a patient goes from the hospital to a skilled nursing facility or to home. Transitions can fail, leading to hospital readmission, because of ineffective patient and caregiver education, discharge summaries that are incomplete or not communicated to the patient and the next care setting, lack of follow-up with primary care providers, and poor patient social support. Hospitals are trying to improve transitions of care, with some showing reductions in hospital readmission rates and emergency department visits. These hospitals use multiple interventions simultaneously, including improved communication among health care providers, better patient and caregiver education, and coordination of social and health care services. This session will explore how these transitions of care strategies reduce hospital readmissions.

Tressy Gleason
Manager, Navigation and Post ED Programs, Care Coordination Center
Ochsner Health Network


3:15pm – 3:45pm

Networking & Refreshments Break


3:45pm – 4:30pm

Reducing Hospital Readmissions through Collaboration with Community Partners

Community health partnerships have flourished in a value-based healthcare industry with scarce hospital resources. This session will explore how collaboration with local community partners can help hospitals produce impressive reductions in 30-day readmissions through more effective care transition models.


4:30pm – 5:15pm

Patient Engagement Strategies That Prevent Hospital Readmission

Hospital readmission is a key metric in the value-based care landscape, with many programs looking for organizations to lower their readmission rates in an effort to cut healthcare costs. Using strong patient engagement strategies, organizations can move the needle on hospital readmission rates. Reducing hospital readmissions can be difficult because it depends on numerous variables. In addition to delivering high-quality care, providers must motivate patients to engage in post-discharge care management and ensure the patient condition does not unpredictably worsen. This session will explore how healthcare professionals can work to reduce hospital readmissions using key patient engagement strategies, including identifying their high-risk patients, engaging them during the care planning process, and addressing the social determinants of health.


Carla Beckerle
Vice President of Clincial Programs
Esse Health



End of Day One

Day Two – Tuesday, June 13, 2023

7:15am – 8:00am

Networking Breakfast


8:00am – 8:15am

Chairperson’s Remarks


8:15am – 9:00am

Reducing Medicaid Readmissions

Reducing readmissions is a national priority for payers, providers and policymakers seeking to improve healthcare and lower costs. Readmissions are a significant issue among patients with Medicaid. This session will explore strategies to reduce readmissions that can be adapted or expanded to better address the transitional care needs of the adult Medicaid population.


9:00am – 9:45am

Reducing Hospital Readmissions: Lessons from a Top Performing Hospital

Significant variability in 30-day readmission rates across U.S. hospitals suggests that some are more successful than others at providing safe, high-quality inpatient care and promoting smooth transitions to follow-up care. Hospitals’ environments contribute to their capacity to reduce readmissions. Hospitals are influenced by the policy environment, their local healthcare markets, their membership in integrated systems that offer a continuum of care, and the priorities set by their leaders. A top performing hospital will explore successful strategies in reducing hospital readmissions, including:

- Seeking to achieve clinical excellence and invest in quality improvement strategies

- Incorporating evidence-based practices into daily protocols

- Standardizing procedures

- Using electronic information systems as tools to gather information, provide feedback and support clinical decisions

- Ensuring smooth care transitions as patients are discharged

- Identifying and targeting patients at the highest risk for readmissions

Tressy Gleason
Manager, Navigation and Post ED Programs, Care Coordination Center
Ochsner Health Network


9:45am – 10:15am

Networking & Refreshments Break


10:15am – 11:00am

Providing Palliative Care Across the Continuum to Reduce Readmissions from Community Settings

Patients at the end of life often experience unwanted transitions of care. This session will explore improving transitions of care and reducing hospital readmissions for patients receiving palliative care, as well as how collaboration between inpatient palliative care teams and community partners can improve care transitions and reduce hospital readmissions for this subset of patients.


11:00am – 11:45am

Applying a Readmission Predictive Model to High-Risk Patients

Most of readmission prediction models are implemented at the time of patient discharge. However, interventions which include an early in-hospital component are critical in reducing readmissions and improving patient outcomes. Thus, at-discharge high-risk identification may be too late for effective intervention. Nonetheless, there is a tradeoff between early versus at-discharge prediction and the optimal timing of the risk prediction model application. This session will explore a high-risk patient selection process with readmission prediction models using data available at two time points: at admission and at the time of hospital discharge.

Jerry Barnes

Vice President, Value Based Care Operations
Satellite Healthcare


11:45am – 12:30pm

Health Equity and Hospital Readmissions

Medicare’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) was intended to encourage hospitals to improve care for older adults. However, the program has raised health equity concerns because its risk-adjustment model does not account for patient social complexity; the concern is that HRRP may aggravate healthcare disparities by penalizing financially challenged hospitals and reducing their resources to improve care. While the HRRP assesses hospitals for penalties based upon readmission performance that is adjusted for patient age, gender, and clinical severity of illness, it does not account for functional and social patient factors. Because of this, it may assume similar readmission risk for hospitals that treat more or fewer functionally and socially complex patients, even if risks appreciably differ for these patients. As a result, the program may generate unwarranted penalties and financial pressure for resource-scarce hospitals that serve socially complex patients. This session will explore how the inclusion of patient functional and social factors can reduce hospital readmissions.



Conference Concludes

Workshop - Tuesday, June 13, 2023

12:45pm – 2:45pm

Workshop: How AI, Digital Health and Home-Based Services Can Help Prevent Hospital Readmission

Hospital readmissions are a stubborn and complex problem; roughly 18 percent of all Medicare patients end up back in the hospital within a month of leaving, and many of these readmissions are preventable. There’s now a growing interest in automating these strategies through AI and digital technologies to provide better post-hospital care in the home. However, gaps in the infrastructure may contribute to miscommunication and result in delays in information sharing with patients. Yet, we must be careful to follow the evidence and not simply invest in digital solutions without exercising appropriate diligence. This session will explore how AI, digital health and home-based services can help prevent hospital readmission.


Caesars Palace Las Vegas
3570 South Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

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  • Yes – please call us at 800-743-8490 for special pricing

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  • Cancellations received 4 weeks prior to the event will receive a refund minus the administration fee of $225. Cancellation received less than 4 weeks prior to the event will receive a credit to a future event valid for one year.

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  • Yes – please email us in writing at info@brinetwork.com with the colleague’s name and title

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  • Along with your registration receipt you will receive information on how to make your hotel reservations. You can also visit individual event page for specific hotel information. The conference fee does not include the cost of accommodations.

What is the suggested dress code?

  • Business casual. Meeting rooms can sometimes be cold so we recommend a sweater or light jacket
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