Dr. David Au Talks About Integrated Approaches to Systems of Care
David Au, MD, Professor, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, says that hospital systems represent only one aspect of care delivery for patients who have been hospitalized. Systems of care can focus on the hospital experience, discharge processes, outpatient transitions, and more to improve readmission rates. Dr Au also addresses the role of the policy maker in hospital readmissions. He says that the policy maker should drive behavior that encourages healthy behavior in the home environment and an integrated approach to healthcare.
This video was taken on May 19, 2013, at the ATS 2013 International Conference in Philadelphia, PA.
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