CMS announces pilot project to reduce preventable rehospitalizations

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

April 15, 2009

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced it will soon be launching a project aimed at reducing preventable rehospitalizations. This announcement comes just weeks after The New England Journal of Medicine published a study showing that 20% of Medicare patients were readmitted to a hospital within 30 days of being discharged, and 30% were readmitted within three months.The effort, called the Care Transitions Project, will use 14 pilot cities to set up programs that improve healthcare processes so that patients, families/providers of care, and teams of caregivers have what they need to reduce the likelihood of rehospitalization.

Find more about this project on the Patient Safety Monitor Blog.