In this issue of JAMA, Dhalla and colleagues1 report findings from a randomized trial comparing the effect of usual care vs a “virtual ward” model of posthospital care management for older adults on reducing the primary end point of 30-day hospital readmissions. The virtual ward focused on care coordination by telephone or e-mail contact as well as clinic or home visits for several weeks following hospital discharge. With Medicare hospital reimbursement increasingly tied to 30-day readmission rates, this study has potential clinical and financial implications.
Boling PA. Managing Posthospital Care Transitions for Older AdultsChallenges and Opportunities. JAMA. 2014;312(13):1303-1304. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.12360