JAMA Article Confirms Local Approach to Reducing Hospital Admissions
January 23, 2013
When Medicare patients make an unplanned return to the hospital that could have been avoided by better care coordination, it delays their recovery, unnecessarily exposes them to such hospital dangers as infection, costs taxpayers money and consumes increasingly scarce health care resources. In Virginia, the approach that several communities are taking to improve the transition between hospital and post-hospital care now has been validated by research published in the January 23, 2013 edition of JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The JAMA article describes a project in communities in 14 states that produced an average 6% decrease in hospitalizations and re-hospitalizations over two years, at nearly twice the pace in participating communities as in comparison sites. Conducted between 2008 and 2011, the project was performed by Medicare Quality Improvement Organizations with funding from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the federal agency that administers Medicare. This project formed the foundation for work currently being spearheaded in Virginia by VHQC.
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