Medicare beneficiaries may soon receive enhanced support benefits as they transition from one setting to another.

Titled the Medicare Transitional Care Act, a bill has been recently introduced which would provide appropriate follow-up care during transitions from hospitals to long-term care, home or other settings. The bill includes a flexible benefit for support services such as assessment, medications management, meals and medical equipment.

It’s a well-known fact in the industry that poorly coordinated transitions are risky for patients and costly for the program. One estimate puts the cost for 30-day hospital readmissions at $15 billion annually.

This bill would encourage collaborative team approaches that have proven successful in addressing gaps in patient care.