PTs serve an important role in patient safety and patient care transitions.
Reducing avoidable readmissions is a high priority for the government in ongoing health care reform.
Physical therapists should advocate and communicate their expertise and critical-decision making in providing recommendations for the most appropriate level of care postacute care discharge within the health care team prior to and during care transitions to help in reducing hospital readmissions.
Apr 5, 2021 / Statement
Study across 1.4 million Medicare cases indicates patients receiving these therapies have better quality of life and fewer hospital readmissions.
Oct 20, 2020 / Handouts
APTA has developed this handout that lists the wealth of research on the role that physical therapists play in reducing hospital readmissions.
Nov 1, 2015 / Feature
PTs are playing an important role in reducing patient readmissions to hospitals. They could play an even a bigger one. Learn how.
Additional Hospital Readmissions Content
Apr 6, 2021 / Open Access
Review key background and objectives; how beneficiaries compare across settings; key findings; discussion and policy implications.
Apr 5, 2021 / Open Access
This summary highlights the differences between patient populations who receive therapy services in each of the post-acute care or PAC, settings and the resulting functional outcomes of therapy.
Apr 4, 2018 / Article
Nearly one in five Medicare patients discharged from the hospital is readmitted within 30 days; that's approximately 2.6 million seniors at a cost of more than $26 billion every year.