Pushing Hospitals To Reduce Readmissions Hasn’t Increased Deaths

The goal was to make sure hospitals didn’t send patients home too soon, without a plan for following up or without enough support at home to recover completely.

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The goal was to make sure hospitals didn’t send patients home too soon, without a plan for following up or without enough support at home to recover completely.

Science Photo Library / Getty Images

Too often, people return home from the hospital only to find themselves heading back soon after. Sometimes the need arises because, despite the best care, it is difficult to slow the progression of disease. But other times, it’s because we in the health care system fail to communicate, coordinate and orchestrate the care that people need to successfully make the transition from hospital to home.

Historically, U.S. hospitals have had little incentive to keep patients healthy following discharge. Hospital discharge indicated success, and we paid little mind to what happened on the other side. Meanwhile, 1

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/07/18/537696772/pushing-hospitals-to-reduce-readmissions-hasnt-increased-deaths?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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