Report: Hospital observation units could reduce HF admissions

01/9/2013 | MedPage Today (free registration)

Observation units or two-level emergency department patient evaluations could help hospitals reduce admissions of heart failure patients from the ED, according to physicians writing in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The authors said up to half of heart failure patients could be safely discharged from the ED after a brief observation period. One physician commented in an accompanying editorial that observations are exempt from Medicare penalties for high 30-day readmission rates.

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