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Invited Commentary
March 2016

New Approaches to Reduce Readmissions in Patients With Heart Failure

Author Affiliations
  • 1Section of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 2Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation, Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 3Section of General Internal Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(3):318-320. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.7993

Three years into the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, patients remain at high risk for readmission after hospitalization for heart failure. The most recent data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services1 indicate that almost 22% of older adults with heart failure are readmitted to the hospital in the month after discharge. While this rate is lower than that of previous years,2 it reflects the concerted efforts of hospitals across the United States to improve the discharge process and coordination of services for patients with heart failure. Although there is still much work to do to optimize discharge transitions, there is great interest in identifying additional strategies that can further lower readmissions.

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