Evaluating the Standardization of Transitions of Care in a Texas-Mexico Border Academic Family Medicine Practice
Journal of Pharmacy Practice
© The Author(s) 2019. Purpose: This quality improvement project aimed to assess the elements of the current workflow process that meets requirements for transitions of care from a family medicine inpatient to outpatient service following the Transitional Care Management (TCM) program developed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The purpose of the study was to assess the current family medicine workflow and determine whether the current process meets the criteria for billing and calculate the potential loss of reimbursement. Methods: Interviews with key personnel, review of practice policies, and a retrospective chart review were performed for clinic patients discharged from the inpatient to outpatient family medicine service. Results: A total of 37 patients met inclusion criteria for the chart review. Of these, 8% of patients seen at the outpatient clinic met all criteria for TCM. Potential reimbursement for those who met TCM criteria was $293.14 USD; the estimated potential TCM reimbursement for patients not meeting criteria was $1997.76 USD. Conclusion: Standardized, team-based TCM services have shown to decrease readmission rates for high-risk patient populations. Results from this project identified processes in place at the family medicine practice to facilitate the development of a standardized transitional care service which could meet both TCM and best practice models.