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Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities



In July 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded Alliant Quality, a four-year contract to improve the identification of behavioral health conditions among Medicare beneficiaries in primary care and care transitions settings.

As a part of this work, Alliant Quality is working with recruited IPFs in Georgia and North Carolina to reduce 30-day readmission rates and increase outpatient follow-ups for psychiatric discharges.  Through this work, CMS plans to reduce psychiatric readmission rates in inpatient settings and increase patient follow-up rates with behavioral health practitioners following discharge by the year 2019.


The Inpatient Psychiatric Facility (IPF) Collaborative

Through Alliant Quality’s Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Collaborative, we aim to improve care coordination and reduce all cause 30 day hospital readmission rates.To the IPFs we are partnering with in the collaborative, we provide:

  • Quality Improvement

  • Technical Assistance

  • Consultation opportunities to engage in local

  • National Learning and Action Networks in order to integrate behavioral health work with other initiatives

  • Information on methods to improve compliance with 7 and 30 day post-discharge appointments

The benefits of participating in the IPF Collaborative include:

  • Opportunities to engage in local and national Learning and Action Networks in order to integrate behavioral health work with other initiatives
  • Involvement in a community focused on reducing readmissions

  • Connecting with other providers who are also focused on improvement.

 Current interventions provided on a monthly basis include:

  • IPF Collaborative Conference Calls
  • E-blast newsletters with care transition tips/recommendations/resources

  • Project RED (Re-Engineered Discharge) webinars

  • Check-ins with each facility

  • Technical assistance is available to the IPFs as needed         

For more information on the Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Collaborative or to play a role in the readmission reduction efforts, please contact: 


MELANIE AKIN, EDS, CRC ~ Technical Advisor, Behavioral Health

Office: 678-527-3638 | Fax: F 678-527-3030





Important links

Project RED Documents







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