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Re-admissions related to mental health and addictions are high cost items for CMS and likely to get further attention. Preventing avoidable hospital re-admissions is considered by many to be the most important opportunity for reducing waste in health care. The transition from the inpatient to the outpatient setting is a critical point along the care continuum in which there is a real opportunity to prevent re-admissions. Targeted Case managers will required to meet face-to-face with individuals within seven days after an mental health inpatient discharge. Targeted case management support in the days following hospital discharges are an effective deterrent in preventing some avoidable hospitalizations. Analysis indicates that targeted case management face-to-face follow-up in the 90% to 94% range for the time frames tested.
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