Hospital readmissions are costly and detrimental to both patients and taxpayers. In 2013, almost 18% of Medicare patients were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days.1 Although this rate is somewhat lower than in previous years, patients are still being readmitted too often, potentially costing Medicare more than $26 billion annually. According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an estimated $17 billion of that expenditure is related to readmissions that could have been avoided.2
Boozary AS, Manchin J, Wicker RF. The Medicare Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program: Time for Reform. JAMA. 2015;314(4):347–348. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.6507
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