Health Affairs / RWJF brief explores improving care transitions
Posted on September 26, 2012 | No Comments
Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation published a new policy brief regarding efforts to improve care transitions. Care transitions are movements that patients make among health care providers and settings as their needs change during the course of illness. Without well-planned coordination, these transitions may result in patient harm and needless expense. According to the brief, researchers estimated that in 2011, poor transitions caused between $25 and $45 billion in wasteful medical spending through avoidable complications and unnecessary hospital readmissions.
Topics covered in the brief include the causes of poor care transitions, improving care transitions, and policy options to address transition coordination.