COPD initiative shows reduction in readmissions, costs

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. – A collaboration between Philips and healthcare providers resulted in an 80% reduction in acute readmissions for COPD patients and saved $1.3 million, the company shared at ATS 2019 this month.

Other findings from the Integrated COPD Care Initiative, launched by Philips in 2017, included a 70% reduction in all-cause diagnoses readmissions and $4.4 million saved in all-cause diagnoses readmission.

“Given the need for cost-efficient improvements in the care of COPD patients, healthcare systems throughout the country would do well to emulate the initiative’s example,” said Philips.

As part of the initiative, a group of institutions in Alabama, including an HME provider, a hospital system and a consulting and analytics firm, collaborated to capture event data from electronic medical records, physician portals, chart reviews, respiratory therapist interactions during home visits, and MedAdept respiratory therapy EMR.

The initiative included 890 patients, who experienced from 1 to 11 hospital readmissions in the prior year.