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Effectiveness and cost of a transitional care program for heart failure: a prospective study with concurrent controls.

Stauffer BD, Fullerton C, Fleming N, et al. Effectiveness and cost of a transitional care program for heart failure: a prospective study with concurrent controls. Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(14):1238-43. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.274.

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August 3, 2011
Stauffer BD, Fullerton C, Fleming N, et al. Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(14):1238-43.

This study found that adoption of a nurse-led transitional care program produced a 48% reduction in readmission rates for elderly patients with heart failure. Interestingly, the outcomes achieved generated only marginal cost savings, suggesting the need for payment reform to better align incentives.

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Stauffer BD, Fullerton C, Fleming N, et al. Effectiveness and cost of a transitional care program for heart failure: a prospective study with concurrent controls. Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(14):1238-43. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.274.