Greater Intensity Needed in Transitional Care to Reduce 30-Day Hospital Readmissions

September 12, 2014 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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​Only the most intense transitional care initiatives are effective in reducing 30-day hospital readmission rates, reports a study published in the September 2014 issue of Health Affairs. The study, which systematically reviewed 26 randomized controlled trials conducted in a variety of countries whose results were published between January 1980 and May 2013, found that although transitional care interventions were effective in reducing all-cause intermediate-term (31 to 180 days) and long-term readmissions (181 to 365 days), only high-intensity interventions seemed to be effective at reducing short-term readmissions (30 days or less).

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