Journal Article Health Policy Brief: Improving Care Transitions
Rachel A. Burton
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The term care transition describes a continuous process in which a patient's care shifts from being provided in one setting to another, such as from a hospital to a patient's home. Poorly managed transitions can diminish health and lead to hospital readmissions, thus driving up costs for Medicare and other payers. This Health Affairs brief examines the factors contributing to poor care transitions, describes effective care delivery models aimed at improving care transitions, describes initiatives in the recent health reform law aimed at incentivizing greater attention to care transitions, and explores policy issues surrounding payment reform in this area.
Research Areas Health and health care
Tags Federal health care reform Health care delivery and payment Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program 
Policy Centers Health Policy Center