Implementation of a patient navigator program to reduce 30-day heart failure readmission rate

Katherine E. Di Palo, Khusbu Patel, Manaf Assafin, Ileana L. Pina

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With increasing awareness to provide personalized care our institution applied the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Patient Navigator Program to identify hospitalized heart failure (HF) patients and improve transitions and outcomes. Utilizing a Navigator Team (NT) composed of a nurse and clinical pharmacist, we delivered evidenced-based interventions and hypothesized this approach would improve identification of HF inpatients and reduce the 30-day all-cause readmission rate. Patients were followed from admission to discharge and received at least one intervention, tailored to the patient's health literacy and social needs. The 30-day all-cause readmission rate was 17.6% for the Patient Navigator Program and 25.6% for the medical center. Compared to the medical center there was a statistically significant increase in education and follow-up. For patients who received specific NT interventions of education and follow-up the readmission rate was 10.3% and 6.1% respectively. Hospital programs can easily embed a NT into existing initiatives to further reduce the readmission rate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalProgress in Cardiovascular Diseases
StateAccepted/In press - 2017


  • 30-Day readmissions
  • Heart failure
  • Nurse
  • Pharmacist

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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