A pilot programme has been initiated at hospitals in Baton Rouge in the US to reduce the readmission rates of elderly patients.

The initiative aims to provide the information needed to avoid a quick return visit to patients of 65 years and above, prior to their release from the hospital, according to www.2theadvocate.com.

Patients who have been hospitalised with pneumonia, heart attack or congestive heart failure are the main target group of the project, 2theadvocate.com reports.

The scheme is part of 15 “Care Transition” pilot projects, funded by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The Louisiana Health Care Review will hire a coach, usually a nurse, to coordinate a post-discharge patient plan, including follow-up physician visits and prescription drug needs.