Improving care coordination and transitions is expected to become more important in the coming years, the report says, "as new models of care delivery, improved methods of communication, and changes in payment systems will each propel an emphasis on understanding optimal roles for ambulatory practices in supporting safe care transitions for patients entering and leaving hospitals and other inpatient facilities."
"When a patient leaves the hospital to go home, they are transitioning back into the care of their outpatient primary care and specialty physicians,"
AMA President Jeremy Lazarus, MD, said in prepared remarks issued with the report that care coordination between inpatient and outpatient physicians is critical to ensure success.
"Physicians in ambulatory care settings must first have access to information about their patients' hospital stays to ensure continuous, high quality care," Lazarus said. "The lists of actions recommended in this report can then serve as a guide as physicians care for recovering patients."