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JAMA Publishes Studies: Transitions of Care Related to Fewer Readmissions

Posted on 1/23/2013 by NTOCC ®
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On Tuesday, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published several studies providing further evidence that a focus on improving transitions of care from the hospital to the next point of care will lead to significant reductions in readmissions.

A study titled “Association Between Quality Improvement for Care Transitions in Communities and Re-hospitalizations Among Medicare Beneficiaries revealed there were nearly six percent fewer hospitalizations and readmissions in areas in which quality improvement organizations (QIOs) made concerted efforts to improve transitions from hospitals to the home or other post-acute facilities.

A JAMA editorial piece titled “A Requirement to Reduce Readmissions: Take Care of the Patient, Not just the Disease outlines how the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program is shifting hospital attention towards care transitions and patient-centered care. 

In addition, a third article outlines the process and importance of discharge planning in preparing a patient to transition out of the hospital.

To view the entire table of contents for the most recent JAMA issue click here.

  • JAMA Study [abstract]: Association Between Quality Improvement for Care Transitions in Communities and Re-hospitalizations Among Medicare Beneficiaries click here.
  • JAMA Editorial [preview]: A Requirement to Reduce Readmissions: Take Care of the Patient, Not just the Disease click here.
  • JAMA Article: Discharge Planning click here

In addition, below are several news articles on the recent JAMA readmission studies:

  • The Wall Street Journal, “Return Patients Vex Hospitals” click here.
  • Bloomberg, “Medicare Cuts for Readmissions to Target Large Hospitals” click here.
  • MedPage Today, “ER Visits Common After Hospital Stay” click here.