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The Hazards of Leaving the Hospital

The Hazards of Leaving the Hospital | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

After being discharged from the hospital, patients may feel relief—and a false sense of security that they are home free

Instead, studies show, patients are vulnerable to a wide range of adverse health events and complications, and they often end up back in the hospital within weeks. Annually, nearly one-fifth of Medicare patients—about 2.6 million older adults—end up readmitted within 30 days, a problem so costly that the federal health program now penalizes hospitals for any readmission deemed to be preventable for heart attack, pneumonia and heart failure. A New England Journal of Medicine report identified the condition as "post-hospital syndrome" that might derive as much from the physical and emotional stress patients experience in the hospital as from lingering effects of the original illness.

Seth Bilazarian, MD's insight:

This is a real problem and is very complex.  Less than half of readmissions are for the reason (diagnosis) of the original hospitalization.  Family support and patient's willingness to comply with medical treatment are big contributors to readmission.  Massive efforts are underway to improve the readmission problem. We have very little data on what will work but CMS is mandating many changes.

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Seth Bilazarian Vlog: What to do about hospital readmission rates

Seth Bilazarian Vlog: What to do about hospital readmission rates | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

As the CMS moves to cut reimbursement based on high rates of hospital readmission for MI, heart failure, and pneumonia, how can cardiologists—working with other healthcare providers, patients, and their families—provide optimum care and keep people out of the hospital?

Is preventing readmission the base way to judge quality? Can hospitals control social and home life issues that have a huge impact on admission and readmission

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