Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Grant Aimed at Reducing Heart Ailment Readmission Preventable Hospitalizations Are Prime Targets for Cost-Cutting

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Grant Aimed at Reducing Heart Ailment Readmission Preventable Hospitalizations Are Prime Targets for Cost-Cutting

Article excerpt

The Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative has received a $10.4 million grant to establish a network of resources meant to reduce hospital readmissions for common heart conditions.

Initially planned for seven community hospitals, the Pittsburgh Accountable Care Network will help counsel patients on their medications, diet and nutrition, and smoking cessation.

Keith Kanel, chief medical officer for the initiative, said resource rooms will be staffed with nurse care managers and pharmacists to "provide intensive coordination and disease care management" for patients being treated for chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, chronic heart failure and coronary artery disease.

Mon Valley Hospital in Monongahela will be among the first of the seven hospitals to participate in the network this summer. Other participating hospitals are to be named later.

The idea, said Dr. Kanel, is to engage patients as soon as they come to the hospital, rather than waiting until they are discharged.

The grant is for three years but Dr. …

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