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How Medicare's transitional care movement may prevent readmissions

In an exclusive interview with FierceHealthcare,  Global Transitional Care CEO Rani Khetarpal discusses how the transitional care services provider can help prevent readmissions and improve patient care. 

Hospitals face readmissions head on with help from health IT [Special Report]

From the minute a patient is admitted to the hospital and for months after he or she leaves, providers are committed to ensuring a return visit doesn't happen--and health IT is aiding in that effort.   In this special report, find out how provider organizations view technology's role in preventing readmissions, what programs they have under way to battle the problem and the challenges they face. Special Report

Hospital patients in rural areas less likely to receive follow-up care

Rural hospitals appear to be struggling with providing follow-up care to patients after discharge, amplifying the risk of their readmission with 30 days

Readmissions higher for COPD patients with psychological conditions

People with a psychological condition such as depression, anxiety, psychosis or alcohol/drug abuse have higher rates of early hospital readmission for complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to a study from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston published in the journal CHEST.

Elderly, ambulatory surgery patients at greater risk for readmissions

Patients 65 and older who have ambulatory surgery are more likely to be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days than younger patients, regardless of their health before surgery, reports a new, large national Northwestern Medicine study published in the  Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 

Physician quality reporting means greater financial risk for hospitals

As hospitals acquire more and more physician practices, it can mean increased costs, due in part to pending payment adjustments to the Physician Quality Reporting System. To avoid penalties, hospital leaders must move beyond a hospital-centric perspective, according to Healthcare Finance News.

Partnerships with harm reduction centers cut hospital readmissions

Harm reduction centers that distribute needles and condoms in at-risk communities can help hospitals deliver person-centered care to vulnerable patient populations and ultimately reduce readmissions, according to a new report.

Half of US hospitals face readmission penalties

Most hospitals will face some sort of Medicare penalty for excessive 30-day readmissions, losing a combined $420 million in the fourth year of the federal readmission reduction program, according to a  Kaiser Health News  analysis.

Hospitals focus on seniors to prevent readmissions, adverse events

Seniors over-estimate their ability to perform tasks, such as getting in and out of bed, after discharge from the emergency department, putting them at greater risks for falls, complications and readmissions.

First Medicare-approved transitional care center opens for business

The first Medicare-approved, third party transitional care provider began taking patients this month. But experts say it won't be long before other healthcare providers focus exclusively on this type of service.