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RARE - Reducing Avoidable Readmissions Effectively

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The RARE Campaign exceeded its goals! Minnesota has collectively prevented 7,975 readmissions and helped patients spend 31,900 nights at home instead of in the hospital. In the last quarter of 2013, Minnesota hospitals reached a collective reduction in readmissions of 19 percent. Congratulations to all involved for your contributions to this impressive achievement! 

The RARE Campaign came to an official close in June 2014. The work continues and sustaining the gain is our goal. Participating hospitals will continue to receive quarterly data from the Minnesota Hospital Association so they can gauge their progress. Campaign Overview

RARE Campaign Wins Prestigious Eisenberg Award

Congratulations to all hospitals and Community Partners participating in the RARE Campaign. Read release

Recent Readmissions Resources

Hospital Guide to Reducing Medicaid Readmissions. A guide to help acute care facilities expand their current Medicaid readmission efforts is now available from AHRQ (8/22/14)

Incentives change readmissions equation. Healthcare Finance News (7/22/14)

Early surgical follow-up with primary care physicians can cut hospital readmissionPatients who have post-operative complications following high-risk surgery have a significantly lower risk of being readmitted to the hospital within 30 days if they go see their primary care physician soon following discharge, a new study in JAMA Surgery shows. (6/26/14)

RARE Campaign Success


Watch this short video highlighting how the 86 hospitals and more than 100 community partners involved in RARE have improved the health of our communities, provided better care and reduced costs.

Mental Health Collaborative

The RARE Campaign continues to lead yearlong learning collaborative for organizations with inpatient mental health units. More

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RARE is a campaign lead by the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement, the Minnesota Hospital Association, and Stratis Health, which represents Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network in Minnesota.