Gain a better understanding of quality health care and improved patient outcomes based on the quality of care. Health care is quickly becoming a commodity. The increased focus on quality by CMS and other payer sources has driven the need to create effective strategies to control costs. One such strategy is reducing preventable readmissions. Hospitals are keenly aware of the cost of readmissions, both in penalties from CMS and in their reputation as centers for quality and improved patient outcomes. The purpose of this information is to equip the user with the tools to identify those patients at risk, to intervene when necessary, to disseminate to their staff, and to ensure that lasting change will occur. This information is an intermediate level course designed for mid to upper-level hospital administrators. This course is ideal for the hands-on manager to assess and implement a hospital-wide program aimed at reducing the number of readmissions.