Medication reconciliation as part of an established plan of care is one of 12 care coordination activities included in the new AHA Survey of Care Systems and Payment. The survey tracks the evolution of new systems of care including accountable care organizations, medical homes and clinically integrated networks. In exploring hospitals' coordination of care activities, the survey found that:

  • 71 percent use hospitalists for medical-surgical patients;
  • 17 percent use predictive analytic tools to identify individual patients at high risk for poor outcomes or extraordinary
    resource use;
  • 23 percent use nurse case managers to improve the quality of outpatient care for patients with chronic diseases;
  • 58 percent call patients within 72 hours of discharge;
  • 27 percent of hospitals arrange home visits by physicians, advanced practice nurses or other professionals for homebound and complex patients for whom office visits constitute a physical hardship.

For information on how to participate in the AHA Survey of Care Systems and Payment or to learn more about the results, call 800-530-9092.