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CMS Care Transitions Project aims to reduce hospital readmissions

Hospitalist Leadership Connection, April 14, 2009

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Monday announced 14 community locations that will be the landing ground for its pilot program called “Care Transitions.” In an environment in which nearly one in five patients are readmitted to the hospital, this project is aimed at decreasing readmission rates, and therefore, reducing fragmented care and improving patient healthcare, according to an April 13 CMS press release.

The site locations include:

  • Providence, R.I.
  • Upper Capitol Region, N.Y.
  • Western Penn.
  • Southwestern New Jersey
  • Metro Atlanta East, Ga.
  • Miami, Fla.
  • Tuscaloosa, Ala.
  • Evansville, Ind.
  • Greater Lansing Area, Mich.
  • Omaha, Neb.
  • Baton Rouge, La.
  • North West Denver, Colo.
  • Harlingen, Texas
  • Whatcom County, Wash.

Each location will be led by its respective state quality improvement organization (QIO) to facilitate hospital- and community-wide interventions that target diseases, conditions, or other specific reasons for readmission.

CMS will publish the outcome data on the HospitalCompare Web site.

The Care Transitions Project is expected to continue at these 14 sites until 2011.

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