During the introduction to this one-on-one interview series, Arthur Garson, Jr, MD, MPH, director of the Center for Health Policy at the University of Virginia, discusses rates of hospital readmissions following transitions between healthcare settings and highlights a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) program designed to reduce the number of readmissions.

Dr Garson, Jr, reviews the number of unnecessary hospital readmissions within 30 days of discharge and notes that nearly 20% of Medicare patients are readmitted.

However, he explains that the number of readmissions has recently decreased due to penalties implemented by a CMS program.

Dr Garson, Jr, emphasizes the importance of implementing programs that target readmissions such as the program designed by the CMS, and suggests that this program represents a step in the right direction toward reducing or preventing unnecessary hospital readmissions.

Introduction: Background on Hospital Readmissions

During the introduction to this one-on-one interview series, Arthur Garson, Jr, MD, MPH, director of the Center for Health Policy at the University of Virginia, discusses rates of hospital readmissions following transitions between healthcare settings and highlights a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services program designed to reduce the number of readmissions.
Published Online: April 30, 2014
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Episode 1 Introduction: Background on Hospital Readmissions
Episode 2 Preventing Unnecessary Hospital Readmissions
Episode 3 Incentivizing the Physician
Episode 4 Recognizing Cardiology-Specific Challenges
Episode 5 Communication Errors and Consequences
Episode 6 Cardiovascular Conditions Frequently Associated With Readmissions
Episode 7 Provider- and Patient-Related Factors Impacting Care Transitions
Episode 8 Improving Transitions of Care: Dr May
Episode 9 Improving Transitions of Care to Reduce Readmissions
Episode 10 Grand-Aides - A New Model of Care
Episode 11 Measuring the Success of Transitional Care Programs
Episode 12 Improving Treatment Adherence
Episode 13 Bundled Payment Programs and Hospital Partnership
Episode 14 Transitioning to Value-Based Reimbursement
Episode 15 Final Thoughts
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