Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Hospitals Utilize Visiting Nurse Practitioners To Lower 30-day Readmission Rates

Early this morning, Misty Williams, of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, detailed how Atlanta area health systems are utilizing visiting nurse practitioners to improve care coordination, lower readmission rates, and as a result, reduce costs for the patient and hospital. With Medicare cuts that will reduce payments to hospitals with excessively high readmission rates scheduled for next year, hospitals are turning to visiting nurse services to ensure that patients are adhering to their medication and treatment regimens, as well as bridging the communication gap between hospital and patient that often results in a patient's readmission within 30-days of their hospital discharge.

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