The latest issue of Annals of Internal Medicine contains published results from two studies applying transitional care models and methods to cardiac and pulmonary patients in real world hospital settings. The findings add to an ever growing body of literature showing the effectiveness of well-planned, rigorous care transition processes in reducing readmissions among certain patient cohorts. Yet these two most recent trials are unique compared to previously published work because of the setting in which the models were tested; preceeding research has focused on efficacy in a randomized controlled setting, leaving questions about general applicability.
Studies Show Results of Transitional Care Models Within "Real World" Settings
The following was first reported in the Daily Briefing on July 27th.
Hospitals offering high-quality myocardial infarction (MI) and heart failure (HF) care have lower in-hospital mortality rates than hospitals that provide high-quality care for only one of the conditions, according to a study in Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
MI, HF care quality points to top hospital performers
Interventions aimed at preventing cardiovascular disease offer an opportunity to reduce cost as well as improve health, according to a new policy statement released by the American Heart Association in Circulation. In addition to presenting evidence to support the cost-effectiveness of prevention, compiled from a review of over 200 analyses, the statement also outlines strategic policy recommendations for implementing high-value prevention efforts.
AHA Policy Statement Emphasizes Cost-Effectiveness of Prevention