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Q&A: The COPD Foundation’s Deb McGowan

With penalties approaching, improved communication needed to cut readmissions

WASHINGTON – If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community of healthcare providers to keep COPD patients out of the hospital. That will become even more critical Oct. 1, when hospitals start being penalized for excessive readmissions for COPD patients.

Study: Pharmacists can help reduce hospital readmissions


YARMOUTH, Maine – Hospital readmissions could be reduced by 20% if high-risk patients received counseling and medication management from a community pharmacist, according to a new study from the University of Cincinnati’s James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy.

Opinion greenlights post-discharge services


WASHINGTON – An advisory opinion from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) provides a framework for how HME providers can offer services to reduce hospital readmissions without violating the anti-kickback statute.

You have to hand it to the VA

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I’m not saying the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is perfect in the way it provides patient care and federal benefits to veterans and their dependents.

Alana drives down readmissions


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A year into a high-touch disease management program, Alana Healthcare has reduced readmission rates for stage IV COPD patients with respiratory failure between 40% and 73%.