Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) is seeking to reduce the number of behavioral health hospital readmission by partnering with Butler Hospital. They are planning to rely on methods such as care management and counseling. Under the program named Butler Hospital Transitional Outpatient Program, BCBSRI patients admitted for behavioral healthcare needs will be provided counseling, medication and case management support at the time of discharge.
- “Transitioning from an inpatient setting to a home one can be difficult, particularly for people struggling with behavioral health conditions. Many do not have the adequate outpatient supports necessary to facilitate a successful transition. This can often result in readmissions,” explained Sarah Fleury, manager of behavioral health at BCBSRI.
- “By collaborating with Butler Hospital, which is well-positioned and committed to positively impacting successful transitions for their patients, we are able to provide necessary supports for our members during what can be a critical time during their recovery journey.”
- The program aims to extend temporary care to long-term care. The support to the members is extended for one to three months. Quality measures will be taken care of to make sure the effectiveness of the program. The program will begin within 48 hours member’s hospital discharge.
- “We are excited to be able to provide this innovative new clinical service to patients to ensure they have the care they need following hospital discharge. The program follows a team-based approach and offers an increased level of support at a critical time to prevent relapse and help patients get back to their everyday lives,” said Brandon Gaudiano, clinical director of the Transitional Outpatient Program at Butler Hospital.