6. How Many Readmissions are Available?

Reducing Avoidable Hospital Readmissions

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How Many Readmissions are Available?

  • Evidence suggests many rehospitalizations are preventable—
    • Many rehospitalized before seeing a physician.
    • Inter-hospital and inter-state variation.
    • Randomized clinical trials testing interventions.
  • What proportion of readmissions are truly "avoidable"? No one knows.
  • Probably hospitals, physicians, HHAs, nursing homes and pharmacists can prevent more readmissions working together than hospitals can by improving discharge process alone.

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Internet Citation: 6. How Many Readmissions are Available?: Reducing Avoidable Hospital Readmissions. June 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/systems/hospital/red/readmissions/readslide6.html