Twenty more organizations will join the 82 already participating in the CMS's community-based care transitions program, launched in 2011 under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The program was designed to reduce hospital readmissions among high-risk Medicare beneficiaries. Close to one in five Medicare patients—or about 2.6 million seniors—are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge. That comes at a cost of more than $26 billion a year, the government estimates.
With the 20 additional sites, the program will be offering care transition services to more than 700,000 patients in 40 states.