The Project RED (Re-Engineered Discharge) intervention is a patient-centered, standardized approach to discharge planning and discharge education, initially developed through research funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). AHRQ had funded JCR to assist hospitals implement the Project RED intervention, aimed at improving the patient's preparedness for self care and at reducing the likelihood of readmission.
Of the 39.5 million hospital discharges per year, 19% of patients have a post-discharge adverse event and 20% of Medicare patients are readmitted within 30 days. Staggering numbers for a process that is not standardized. Learn more about how the Project RED intervention has reduced readmission rates and improved patient safety by accessing the resources listed on this page.
JCR implemented a revised model and strategy to support the registration of additional hospitals as we extended our work with AHRQ into Phase II, concluding in September 2012. Our JCR Consultants worked directly with enrolled hospitals and have helped many participants realize significant improvements in their discharge processes.
JCR work involved the implementation and dissemination of Project RED – providing technical assistance to 269 participating U.S. hospital organizations who deployed the RED interventions (Re-Engineered Discharge – a Boston University Medical Center evidence based method for discharging patients) assessing their own discharge performance, identifying barriers and process breakdowns, and implementing the components of RED in designated patient populations (often CHF), collecting data, and using a performance improvement methodology to implement change and to spread this change.
For additional information on Project RED, please contact Deborah Nadzam at DNadzam@jcrinc.com.