15. Reported Diagnosis-specific Reasons for Avoidable Readmissions

Reducing Avoidable Hospital Readmissions

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Reported Diagnosis-specific Reasons for Avoidable Readmissions

  • COPD [chronic obstructive pulmonary disease], Pneumonia Patients—
    • Many patients need, but do not receive, home health care.
    • Pneumonia readmissions may reflect need for end of life care.
  • Cardiac Patients—
    • Cardiologists may rely on primary care, not arrange follow up care for heart failure patients.
    • Readmissions appear to be much higher for heart failure patients with behavioral diagnoses.

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Internet Citation: 15. Reported Diagnosis-specific Reasons for Avoidable Readmissions: Reducing Avoidable Hospital Readmissions. June 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/systems/hospital/red/readmissions/readslide15.html