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Did you know one in five Medicare recipients are re-hospitalized within 30 days after they’re discharged from the hospital?

A charter signed by 21 area organizations Friday is aiming to alleviate the problem in several West Alabama counties.

The Tuscaloosa Area Care Coordination Coalition’s goal is creating avenues of seamless transition between local hospitals and community health care providers — home health agencies, nursing homes, dialysis facilities and government agencies. Charter members said they hope this will prevent medical complications and reduce the number of patients readmitted to hospitals.

DCH Health System Corporate Director of Care Management Carolyn Hamilton said one of any hospital’s biggest goals is reducing readmissions.

“(The Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services) has recognized that hospitals cannot do this alone,” she said. “And they are funding (the program) for three years to help communities like ours to try and reduce the readmission rate for patients who go home and get readmitted within 30 days.

The coalition’s regional impact falls on Tuscaloosa, Fayette, Pickens, Bibb, Hale and Greene counties.


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