- Is connection to primary care within seven days of hospital discharge associated with reduced readmissions?
- What is the evidence?
This resource describes the 7-Day Pledge program to reduce readmissions by increasing access to timely primary care appointments after hospitalization.
- Previous research suggests the important role of timely primary care follow-up in reducing hospital readmissions, although effectiveness varies by program design and patients’ readmission risk level.
- In a retrospective cohort study of hospital readmissions among adult Medicaid patients in Camden, New Jersey, patients who attended a primary care follow-up appointment had fewer 30- and 90-day readmissions compared with patients with less timely primary care follow-up or none.
- This Quality Improvement Brief elaborates on the quality improvement aspects of the work.
- This Clinical Redesign Brief offers guidance on how to replicate this program in other communities.