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Study compares Medicare, non-Medicare readmissions

Medicare patients accounted for 56% of 30-day hospital readmissions in 2013, costing $29.6 billion, while non-Medicare readmissions cost more than $21 billion that year. The study in PLOS ONE found psychiatric and substance abuse problems drove most of the readmissions among non-elderly patients, in contrast to pneumonia, heart failure and heart attack, which were the most common reasons for elderly patient readmissions.

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