Many hospitals across the U.S. are implementing programs that aim to cut their readmission rates in preparation for a health reform rule that would penalize institutions for unnecessary readmissions, starting in 2012. At Scott and White Healthcare in Texas, older patients are paired with transition coaches. At St. Mary's Medical Center in Missouri, elderly patients are given self-care instructions and follow-up calls to ensure that they understand and adhere to their treatment plans.
U.S. hospitals take steps to bring down readmission rates
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