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New Toolkit to Improve Discharge for Diverse Populations

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has published the new Re-Engineered Discharge (RED) Toolkit, which can help hospitals reduce readmission rates by replicating the discharge process that resulted in 30 percent fewer hospital readmissions and emergency room visits. The newly expanded toolkit provides guidance to implement the RED for all patients, including those with limited English proficiency and from diverse cultural backgrounds. The RED employs health literacy strategies to ensure that patients know how to how to care for themselves when they get home.

To view or download the toolkit, visit: http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/systems/hospital/red/toolkit/index.html. /da

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