By Angela Lucente-Prokop
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 20 percent of Medicare patients discharged from hospitals are readmitted within 30 days, costing $26 billion annually. In an effort to improve healthcare quality, affordability, and safety, the Obama Administration announced earlier this year the formation of the Partnership for Patients, a public-private initiative between the administration and health industry leaders and patient advocates.
The Community-based Care Transitions Program (CCTP) is the cornerstone initiative of the Partnership for Patients and is mandated by the Affordable Care Act. As part of the Partnership for Patients launch in April 2011, $500 million was dedicated to test evidenced-based models for reducing hospital readmissions. The goals of the CCTP are to improve quality of care, reduce readmissions, and demonstrate savings to Medicare.
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