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New research published in JAMA suggests that primary care follow-up within seven days of hospitalization is associated with fewer Medicaid readmissions. In a single year, the American population had a collective hospital bill of $ 381 billion. Readmission rates have added an additional $ 16 billion to health care costs each year. To cope with …

Patients who see a primary care physician within a week of discharge from hospital have lower readmission rates, according to a study published in JAMA network open. For the study, researchers analyzed discharge and readmission data from 1,531 adult Medicaid patients hospitalized between January 1, 2014 and April 30, 2016, in Camden, NJ. claims data …

Discharge planning is fraught with challenges for hospitals, according to a new report, but effective communication and adaptability can help providers avoid them. The United Hospital Fund, a New York-based nonprofit focused on improving the healthcare system, surveyed frontline staff and administrators at eight New York metro area hospitals to get a better picture of …