Introducing the South Carolina Partnership for Health’s First Program of Focus

March 5, 2013

South Carolina Partnership for Health is announcing the focus of the first health program: Preventing Avoidable Readmissions Together (PART). This statewide effort aims to reduce hospital readmission in South Carolina. The program is jointly sponsored by the South Carolina Partnership for Health (SC PfH) and the North and South Carolina Quality Improvement Organization, The Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence.

The goal of PART is to improve care transitions across South Carolina to reduce avoidable readmissions rates for patients with acute myocardial infarction, health failure, pneumonia, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease by 20 percent by 2014. Failure to reduce avoidable readmissions will result in severe economic penalties from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services through reduced reimbursement.

The mission of PART is to:

  • Support hospitals and communities to create a process map around the discharge process and identity areas of improvement
  • Implement evidence-based practices to identify and correct gaps in the discharge process
  • Provide national and state expertise and support, resources, and education to hospitals’ staff and community partners as they collaboratively work to create their own customized care transition plan
  • Provide a place for hospitals and communities to connect and develop transition strategies within their community
  • Provide an infrastructure of experienced, clinical/translational investigators, population health experts, and health economists to strategically address the acquisition of new knowledge and through its further development, deliver innovative, quality care

PART provides hospitals free resources and tools from a nationally recognized care transition program, BOOST (Better Outcomes for Older adults through Safe Transitions). While these materials would costs hospitals thousands of dollars if purchased directly from BOOST, the South Carolina Partnership for Health is pleased to provide them to hospitals at no cost. PART will augment any existing Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) programs in which hospitals may already be engaged and provide them with robust services and resources including onsite and information technology support.

In addition to the BOOST resources, PART also offers hospital data collection through the Society of Hospital Medicine’s data entry system, which will allow hospitals to track key process and outcome measures.