Picture this scenario: your elderly mother, who lives alone, suffered a fall, fractured her arm and ankle, and is now being released from the hospital. Leafing through her discharge papers reveals the need for medications, physical therapy, medical follow-up in several weeks, and a number of symptoms to watch for that would warrant a return to the E/R.
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Thanks to recent healthcare reform regulations, hospitals today are under increased pressure to reduce patient readmissions in order to avoid costly fines. It’s a big battle to fight, considering that nearly one in five Medicare patients discharged from the hospital is readmitted within 30 days, translating to approximately 2.6 million seniors at a cost of over $26 billion every year.
Posted in: Transitional Care | Tags: hospital to home, reducing readmissions