To help clinicians develop strategies to reduce readmission rates, Dharmarajan and coauthors tracked 30-day readmission rates after hospital release among Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries with heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, or pneumonia. See the related Editorial by Williams.
Vashi and coauthors report on the use of hospital-based acute care among patients recently discharged from the hospital. In an accompanying Editorial, Williams discusses the requirement to reduce hospital readmissions.
Berry and coauthors investigate the prevalence of pediatric readmissions and the variation in pediatric readmission rates across hospitals by analyzing 568 845 admissions at 72 children’s hospitals. In an Editorial, Srivastava and Keren discuss pediatric readmission rates as a marker of health care utilization that can lead eventually to identifying quality measures.
Brock and coauthors report on a quality improvement initiative by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to improve care transitions for patients with Medicare fee-for-service insurance and analyze whether the initiative reduced rehospitalizations and hospitalizations in geographic communities.