Texas Hospitals Want Pharmacists To Coach Patients

10:23 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Texas Hospitals Want Pharmacists To Coach Patients

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Hospitals across the country are turning to the neighborhood pharmacy to keep patients well after they return home from the hospital. The federal government began penalizing hospitals with high readmission rates in October, and although Texas hospitals are doing slightly better than the nation overall at preventing readmissions, some are looking to partner with pharmacies such as Walgreens to provide support for patients and follow-up care after hospital stays. Scott & White Healthcare, based in central Texas, recently announced its partnership with Walgreens.
About 1 in 5 Medicare patients who leave the hospital come back within 30 days. Those return trips cost U.S. taxpayers a lot of money - more than $17 billion a year. In October, the federal government started cracking down on hospitals, penalizing them if too many of their patients bounce back.