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RARE - Reducing Avoidable Readmissions Effectively

RARE Action Learning Day attendees
Attendees at the final RARE Action Learning Day celebrate the success of 31,900 nights at home instead of in the hospital (June 17, 2014).
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The data for the fourth quarter of 2013 has been released, and shows that the 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.


The challenges of a fragmented care delivery system require a statewide, concerted effort to achieve the Triple Aim of improving population health, the experience of care, and the affordability of care.

senior man  6,000 avoidable hospital readmissions
sleeping woman  24,000 nights sleep in their own beds
little girl  Tens of millions of dollars saved

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.

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RARE Report
July 2014

News, insights and tools to help you prevent avoidable readmissions. Top stories:

  • Campaign Wraps Up With Celebration, Final Action Learning Day
  • Looking Forward
  • RARE Campaign in the News
  • Other News

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RARE Campaign Wins Prestigious Eisenberg Award

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

RARE Action Learning Day

More than 100 RARE Campaign participants gathered on June 17, 2014 for the final Action Learning Day and a special celebration of our achievements. Our learning day keynote speaker was Eric Coleman, MD, MPH, professor of medicine and director of the Care Transitions Program at the University of Colorado, who has been a strong supporter of the campaign since the beginning.

Action Day materials

The RARE Campaign is engaging hospitals and care providers across the continuum of care to prevent 4,000 avoidable hospital readmissions across Minnesota by December 31, 2012. Doing so will alleviate the burden these readmissions place on patients and their families and will allow them the comfort and well being of staying in their own beds.
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