The Affordable Care Act has generated carrots and sticks for hospitals to reduce readmissions. With the goal of achieving the Triple Aim (improving quality of patient care, improving population health, and reducing overall cost of care), innovative care delivery models are being tested locally and nationally, including the roll-out of Accountable Care Organizations and bundled payment programs. These programs create incentives in terms of shared savings for health care systems that provide high quality, coordinated care.
Abstract: Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is a leading cause of death in the US, unpredictably affecting some 300,000 citizens annually. Of these patients, about 40,000 OHCA victims annually require post-cardiac arrest care, a statistic that is likely to increase. Recent studies have shown that early implementation of a post-cardiac arrest care bundle can improve survival and neurologic function.