UCSF Medical Center's Heart Program Helped Lower Readmissions by 30%

The heart failure program at UCSF Medical Center has helped reduce readmissions by 30 percent, according to a New York Times report.

The program, which began three years ago, aims to reduce readmissions by providing patients with information and support for post-discharge. A nurse who is designated as a heart failure program coordinator talks with the patient for at least one hour to discuss health management outside the hospital.

By lowering repeat hospitalizations, the hospital has saved Medicare at least $1 million a year, according to the report.

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