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August 18, 2010

Early Physician Follow-up and 30-Day Readmission Among Older Patients With Heart Failure

JAMA. 2010;304(7):743-744. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1147

To the Editor: The study of the relationship between early physician follow-up and 30-day readmission among older patients with heart failure by Dr Hernandez and colleagues1 was timely and important. However, I was disappointed only cardiologists and general internists were listed as postdischarge physicians, and that the conclusion called for increased use of nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Absent was a discussion of the role of the family physician.

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