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IN Compass Health's Hospitalist Team at Morton Plant Wins First BayCare Quality Award
Date:10/28/2009

ged by the IN Compass Hospitalist team. Beyond the focused care during their hospital stay, the patients are encouraged to seek appropriate care upon discharge from the hospital. Through a special arrangement with the Turley Clinic, the IN Compass Hospitalists encourage these patients to receive a follow-up outpatient visit for clinical evaluation, diabetic education and medications, at low or no cost to the patient.

The BayCare Quality Award, recognizing programs among the BayCare System's ten hospitals (more than 2700 beds) responsible for improved patient care quality, coordination, and outcomes, was awarded to Dr.Messler's Indigent Diabetic Program and his team ultimately for meeting all the stringent requirements of the program. Initial results based on the first 43 patients discharged by his IN Compass hospitalist team have shown:

 
  • 93% of patients have had at least one follow-up outpatient visit
  • 34% reduction in 30 day readmission rates
  • 3% reduction in A1c at 3 months

"Our staff identified a segment of our patients with diabetes who had no financial means to manage the disease once they were released from the hospital. Diabetes is a condition that can be treated, but if it's not, the likelihood is very high diabetic patients will return to the hospital with even greater medical issues," said Messler. "We are very encouraged by the initial results of this project, and look to maintain, if not improve upon, these statistics as
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