Stauffer said in the interview that Medicare non-payment policies in the event of an adverse event, such as a hospital-acquired infection, during that readmission would not make that much difference in the overall financial equation.
In the same issue of the journal, further evidence that readmissions prevention programs work was provided in another paper by Rachel Voss and colleagues of Quality Partners of Rhode Island and Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence.
Their report validated another model of readmission prevention effort, the Care Transitions Intervention or CTI, with 257 patients at six Rhode Island hospitals. That effort reduced readmissions by 36% compared with a control group.
However, that program met with challenges because just over half of those approached agreed to participate, and some resisted a home visit.
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