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High hospital readmission rates are seen by many as a key contributor to rising health care costs in the U.S. New government payment reforms are tackling the problem by penalizing hospitals for such readmissions, and innovative providers are responding with better planning and follow-up care after a patient is discharged. Medication management by health care teams is at the heart of this effort. 

Innovative models of discharge planning and follow-up care not only point the way toward broader success in reducing hospital readmissions, they also highlight the valuable role of medication management in improving patient outcomes and the need for improved medication adherence throughout the health care system.