Hospital-to-Home: Lessons in Reducing Readmissions

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Tuesday, April 5, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Hospital readmissions are being targeted by Medicare for one of the areas that can be improved, thereby saving money for the healthcare system. Particularly with heart failure patients, readmissions are problematic and challenging to reduce. One of the answers has been to focus resources on special programs that assist patients in the transition from hospital to home.

Cardiologists and allied professionals would be wise to attend this session, as reimbursement for heart failure patients could – in the future – be bundled. Rather than receive fee-for-service payments, facilities would receive a lump sum for the continuum of care. With this model, hospitals and practices much come up with a better way to manage patients so that their readmission rates are reduced.

In this session, you can learn from those who have worked through the challenges of enacting a hospital-to-home program. It's probably a matter of time before this model is more widely adopted, so this is the perfect time to hear what the experts have to say.

Speaker Information

  • Ileana L. Pina, MD, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland Heights, Ohio -- Case Presenter
  • Mary Norine Walsh, MD, St. Vincent Heart Center, Indianapolis -- Panelist
  • Neal W. White, MD, Cardiovascular Consultants Medical Group, Walnut Creek, Calif. -- Panelist