FHA Collaborative on Reducing Readmissions in Florida

Webinar #8

Monday, July 26, 2010
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm EDT

Project BOOST - Better Outcomes for Older Adults through Safe Transitions

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Webinar Objectives

This webinar will provide hospitals with more background on Project BOOST. Participants will hear from Mark Williams, MD, the developer of Project BOOST, about the components of Project BOOST and how you might adopt this program in your hospital.


Project BOOST is led by a national advisory board of recognized leaders in care transitions and hospital medicine, and includes payers and regulatory agencies. The board is co-chaired by Eric Coleman MD, MPH, and Mark Williams, MD, FACP, FHM, and includes representatives from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ); Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Institute for Health Care Improvement (IHI); The Joint Commission; Kaiser Permanente; medical, pharmacy and nursing professional societies, patient advocates; and many others.

Project BOOST has four key elements:

  1. A comprehensive interventionbased on the best available evidence, validated through a panel of nationally recognized experts. 
  2. A comprehensive BOOST Implementation Guidethat provides step by step instructions and project management tools to help multi-disciplinary teams to plan, implement and evaluate the intervention. 
  3. Longitudinal technical assistance.  The BOOST Mentoring Program is provided courtesy of a grant from the John A Hartford Foundation, and includes face to face training and a year of expert mentoring and coaching to reengineer the discharge process and implement BOOST.
  4. BOOST Collaborative.  Sites are able to communicate with and learn from each other via the BOOST Listserv, online community site, and quarterly all-site teleconferences.


Preliminary interviews with pilot sites indicate that BOOST tools are well-received by health care teams and patients.  Project BOOST has improved communication and collaboration across functions within the hospital and with primary care physicians.  Patients have also had a very positive response to what they perceive to be an increase in the level of service and medical attention.

While  an analysis across all sites is not yet complete, preliminary data from pilot sites demonstrated readmission rates in BOOST units fell from 13% to 11% in the six months following the BOOST “go live” date, while similar non-BOOST units experienced a rise in average readmission rates from 11% to 13% over the same interval.

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