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September 24, 2015

September Policy Snapshot Evaluates Efforts to Reduce Hospital Readmissions



September 2015 Policy Snapshot on Hospital ReadmissionsUnplanned hospital readmissions are a problem from several perspectives. Not only does additional hospitalization result in added healthcare treatment costs, it also suggests that patients are remaining sick – or even getting sicker – when the goal, of course, is for them to effectively manage their care and continue to improve after they are discharged. The causes of avoidable hospital readmissions are complex but usually are related to a failure to develop or carry out an effective plan for care following discharge. 

The Center for Health Affairs' September 2015 Policy Snapshot, Reducing Hospital Readmissions: An Evaluation of the Federal Program, outlines the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program and examines strategies for reducing hospital readmissions.

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