CCTP Demonstration Project Launch and Looming Penalties Under PPACA Put Hospital Readmission Rates in the Spotlight

Section 3026 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) provides for a five-year demonstration project called the Community-based Care Transitions Program (CCTP). Funded by $500 million in federal dollars, CCTP encourages collaboration among hospitals and community-based services providers for improving care transitions for high-risk Medicare beneficiaries and for reducing unnecessary hospital readmissions.

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