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Nurses Offering Transitional Care Save Money

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, June 30th, 2016

A study of a transitional care model where nurses talk weekly with recently discharged hospital patients finds that the program reduces readmission rates and saves money.

Nurse on phone offering transitional careWisconsin-based researchers examined the Coordinated Transitional Care program at a Veterans Administration hospital in Madison. Under the program, patients work with nurse case managers on care and health issues, including medication reconciliation, before and after hospital discharge, by phone. The nurse engages the patient in an open-ended discussion beginning within 72 hours of discharge from the hospital.  Those patients experienced one-third fewer re-hospitalizations than those in a baseline comparison group, producing an estimated savings of $1,225 per patient.

Once again, nursing intervention saves money. To learn more ways to save money visit SelfCare for HealthCareContact me today for a complimentary consultation about what’s working and what’s not working in terms of the care model at your facility.

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