Nurse-led phone support cuts readmissions, reduces costs in study

12/9/2012 | Nurse.com

Coordinated transitional care, an intervention where nurses meet with high-risk patients before discharge and call them 48 to 72 hours afterward, resulted in reduced readmission rates and saved about $1,225 per case at a Wisconsin hospital, according to a study in the journal Health Affairs. "This model requires a relatively small amount of resources to operate and may represent a viable alternative for hospitals seeking to offer improved transitional care as encouraged by the Affordable Care Act," lead author Amy Kind said.

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