Perspectives: CMS Announces National Partnership to Improve Care and Lower Cost

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In this Perspectives, Dr. Chernof discusses several ways that health reform provisions can support effective transitions.

Date Updated: 06/15/2011

Improving the process by which an individual moves from the hospital back to the home or another care setting, also known as care transitions, is critical to create a more person-centered, cost-effective health care system. National statistics report that 18 percent of individuals return to the hospital within 30 days of a hospital discharge, with up to 76 percent of these re-admissions being preventable. Further, Medicare data show that over half of older and disabled individuals who are readmitted to the hospital received no care or follow up in the 30-day window…

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