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Health Care Reform
July 25, 2011

Interventions to Decrease Hospital Readmission Rates: Who Saves? Who Pays?

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, San Francisco, California.

Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(14):1230-1231. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.309

About 20% of hospitalized Medicare patients are readmitted within 30 days.1 Several randomized controlled trials (RCTs)2-4 have shown that it is possible to reduce hospital readmission rates through improved discharge planning and coordination and posthospitalization care. Decreasing hospital readmissions offers the hope of improving care while simultaneously reducing health care costs.