Medicare project reduces readmissions by 9.3 percent

A 14-city Medicare demonstration project has successfully lowered patient readmission rates by 9.3 percent, according to The Denver Post. 

The article reports that the project links nurses, social workers and other healthcare workers to elderly hospital patients at discharge to help them to coordinate drugs, doctor follow-ups and home health care aids.   

It is estimated that the program has saved Medicare $100 million dollars since it began 1.5 years ago. 

(Sources: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com, December 13, 2010; The Advisory Board Daily Briefing, http://advisory.com, December 14, 2010)