David May, MD, PhD, FACC, secretary of the American College of Cardiology and managing partner of Cardiovascular Specialists in Dallas, Texas, discusses transitions of care strategies that healthcare professionals should consider to help improve patient outcomes and reduce the burden of unnecessary hospital readmissions.

Dr May explains how hospital readmissions are costly in clinical and economic terms, and notes that many cardiology-related hospital readmissions are potentially preventable.

Although unanticipated issues may arise during transitions between levels of care, Dr May suggests that educating the patient and his or her family about the challenges that are likely to occur can help mitigate their need to seek further medical assistance.

Dr May discusses how scheduling doctors’ visits within the first 7 days following discharge is likely to comfort patients and lower the rate of unnecessary readmissions to hospitals or visits to more expensive sources of care.

Preventing Unnecessary Hospital Readmissions

David May, MD, PhD, FACC, secretary of the American College of Cardiology and managing partner of Cardiovascular Specialists in Dallas, Texas, discusses transition of care strategies that healthcare professionals should consider to help improve patient outcomes and reduce the burden of unnecessary hospital 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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