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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.

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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.