- November 25th 2011
One in five patients discharged from the hospital experiences an adverse event within three weeks. Two-thirds of those outcomes are drug-related, with many of them potentially avoidable, according to a recent report issued by an expert panel of internists, hospitalists and emergency physicians.
The group said that major changes to the health delivery system, such as electronic medical records and payments rewarding the medical home model, could help address the problem. However, the group said physicians and hospitals should not wait before making changes on their own.
The Transitions of Care Consensus Policy Statement was issued by the American College of Physicians, the Society of Hospital Medicine, the Society of General Internal Medicine, the American Geriatrics Society, the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.
The panel said hospitals and outpatient physicians should be held accountable for properly transitioning patien [Read more]