Report: Readmission rates remain a problem for hospitals

09/29/2011 | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Hospitals have not made much progress in reducing readmissions among Medicare patients, the Dartmouth Atlas Project reported. Rates stayed steady at 12.7% from 2004 to 2009 for those who had surgery and increased from 15.9% to 16.1% for those with pneumonia and other medical conditions. Author Dr. David Goodman said coordinating post-discharge patient care was a big problem, with more than half of Medicare patients failing to see a primary care physician within two weeks of leaving the hospital.

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