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AHRQ releases updated toolkit to improve discharge process

March 27, 2013

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality recently released an updated version of a toolkit to help hospitals improve their discharge process to reduce readmissions. The Re-Engineered Discharge (RED) toolkit, which was developed by researchers at Boston University Medical Center, includes a set of 12 actions hospitals can implement to ensure effective transition at discharge. The toolkit is an enhancement of previous RED resources and includes a new RED component on overcoming language barriers. AHRQ contracted with BUMC to develop the toolkit to assist hospitals, particularly those that serve diverse populations, to replicate the RED.