What’s the New “Buzz Word”?
Talk to hospital discharge planners and you’ll most likely hear the words “care transition” mentioned as their new initiative. Care transitions focuses on improving coordination across the continuum of care. Promotion of seamless transitions from the hospital to home, skilled nursing care or home health care are key. According to the Georgia Medical Care Foundation, nearly 1 in 5 Medicare beneficiaries are re-hospitalized withing 30 days of hospital discharge. Up to three-fourths of these readmissions may be preventable. Because of this, there are 14 pilot projects across the United States focused on reducing unnecessary hospital readmissions.