Care continuity may help reduce preventable hospital stays

09/17/2013 | Medscape (free registration)

Higher rates of care continuity, or seeing the same primary care physician, were associated with a 20% reduction in the likelihood Medicare patients would have preventable hospitalizations, researchers reported in JAMA Internal Medicine. Physicians writing an accompanying editorial outlined ways primary care practices can improve continuity, such as regularly measuring it and setting performance goals, increasing the number of days clinicians see patients, offering more same-day or next-day appointments, and training front desk staff on continuity protocols.

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