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In March 2011, the Center for Transforming Healthcare launched its fifth project which aims to prevent avoidable hospitalizations for people with heart failure. A chronic disease, heart failure is the most common reason for admission to the hospital among older adults. The goal of this project is to better understand why patients with heart failure periodically experience severe worsening of their condition to a degree that leads to hospitalization. Identifying the specific causes of such deteriorations will permit participating hospitals to design and implement focused interventions targeted to each important cause. The hospitals and health systems participating in this project, which was launched in collaboration with the American College of Physicians, will investigate how hospitals and community-based physician practices can work together more effectively to prevent avoidable hospitalizations for people with heart failure.
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