Medicare readmission penalties don't reflect hospitals' overall readmission rates | ACP Hospitalist Weekly | ACP Hospitalist
Readmission rates for Medicare patients with heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, and pneumonia differed from those for non-Medicare patients with those conditions and Medicare patients with other conditions.
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Transition and self-management program help reduce COPD readmissions | ACP Hospitalist Weekly | ACP Hospitalist
A nurse-delivered three-month postdischarge program for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) included transition support, training in self-management techniques, and help with access to outpatient services.
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Proteinuria associated with AKI, readmissions in surgical patients | ACP Hospitalist Weekly | ACP Hospitalist
Preoperative urinalysis assessments to identify patients at risk for acute kidney injury (AKI) may improve outcomes, according to the study authors, who called for prospective studies on the topic.
Researchers begin to investigate patient-reported outcomes.
Bezlotoxumab reduced readmissions for C. diff compared to placebo | ACP Hospitalist Weekly | ACP Hospitalist
The industry-funded study found that bezlotoxumab significantly reduced Clostridium difficile–associated readmissions for some patients at high risk of recurrence, including older patients and patients with severe cases.
Primary care, discharging, and admitting physicians disagree about readmission causes | ACP Hospitalist Weekly | ACP Hospitalist
The physicians most commonly cited factors related to patient understanding and ability to self-manage as contributing causes to readmission.
CMS program has led to lower readmissions but may need updating.