Seeing RED: Toolkit Can Help Hospitals Lower Preventable Readmissions

Every year millions of patients are readmitted to hospitals, and many of those stays could have been prevented. The Re-Engineered Discharge (RED) Toolkit, funded by the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ), can help hospitals reduce readmissions rates by replicating the discharge process that resulted in 30 percent fewer hospital readmissions and emergency room visits. Developed at Boston University Medical Center, the newly expanded toolkit provides guidance to implement the RED process for all patients, including those with limited English proficiency and from diverse cultural backgrounds. By helping hospitals plan and monitor the implementation of the RED process, the new toolkit improves smooth and effective transitions from hospital to home.