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:
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
Project RED Documents