The burden of hospital readmission rates is one faced by hospitals, taxpayers, and most importantly patients. This burden equates to a reduction of Medicare reimbursements to hospitals, about $17 billion a year on U.S. taxpayers, and a poor quality of life for patients. So, hospitals and pharmacies, like Walgreens, have come together to make sure the patient understands what they are taking and why they are taking it post-discharge. This in turn may lead to a reduction in readmission rates and beneficial effects to all parties involved. What is your opinion on this new role that pharmacists may play in patient care?
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