Enhanced Mental Health Transitions Reduces Readmissions

Within 30 days of discharge, 15% of patients with mood disorders are readmitted nationally, and 22.4% of patients with schizophrenia are readmitted. The average cost of the repeated stay is $7,200. To ensure appropriate utilization and treatment in the most appropriate care setting, Allina implemented an enhanced mental health transitions program and used analytics to evaluate process and outcome measures.


  • 27% relative reduction in potentially preventable readmission rate.
  • 89% of inpatients received onsite contact by outpatient provider before discharge.
  • 92% of patients successfully attend their follow up appointment.
  • 80% retention rate in outpatient services, surpassing national retention rates.

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