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Care transitions are complex, but crucial to patient safety and quality care

Patient Safety Monitor Insider, April 21, 2015

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Care transitions have been a vital part of patient safety since the specialized discipline came to prominence in the 1990s. More than two decades later, a lot has changed in healthcare delivery, but the issue remains at the forefront of patient safety.

The complexities of care transitions, coupled with the involvement of a wide array of healthcare specialties, have made the care process an important but frequently elusive aspect of patient care. Now that hospitals are penalized by CMS for high readmission rate, the ongoing issues surrounding care transitions have cemented them as a financial concern as well as a quality care priority.

This is an excerpt from an article in the Patient Safety Monitor Journal.

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