CMS adds 23 organizations to care transitions program

Initiative aims to reduce hospital readmissions

CMS on Wednesday announced 23 additional participants in its Community-based Care Transitions Program (CCTP), which seeks to coordinate care for Medicare beneficiaries at a high risk for hospital readmission.

Under two-year agreements, CMS will pay the selected organizations to provide support to patients transitioning to their home, a nursing home, or other care setting after a hospital stay.

For example, the groups will help patients stay in contact with their physicians and ensure that they are following prescription medication regimens.

The agreements are expected to support more than 126 local hospitals and 223,000 Medicare beneficiaries in 19 states.

CCTP is part of the Partnership for Patients, which aims to reduce preventable injuries by 40% and cut hospital readmissions by 20% by 2013. The new participants will join seven other community-based organizations that were announced in November 2011, increasing the total number of sites to 30.

The current participants account for roughly half of the program's $500 million budget, which was awarded through the federal health reform law. CMS will continue to accept applications until the program's funding is exhausted (CMS release, 3/14; Evans, Modern Healthcare, 3/14 [subscription required]; AHA News, 3/14).

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