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How Nursing Homes Can Cut Hospital Readmissions OpenPlacement Admin

September 12th, 2012 | 0

ReAdmissionThis post originally appeared here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/howardgleckman/2012/09/12/how-nursing-homes-can-cut-hospital-readmissions/ and was published by Forbes.com.

Too many people make the dangerous roundtrip from hospital to nursing facility and back again. These transfers may increase risks of delirium, medication errors, falls, and infection. There is no doubt that some patients die as a result of these transfers. And, they cost payers—Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance—hundreds of millions of dollars each year.

 

The real tragedy: By some estimates as many as 60 percent of these rehospitalizations are preventable.

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