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Facilities Get Creative to Reduce Hospital Readmissions
By Cheryl Clark

Comedian Tracey Ullman always closed her show by telling her audience: “Go Home.” But if she were a hospital provider discharging her patients, she might add, “And we’re going to do everything possible to keep you there.” As federal payers consider reducing or eliminating payments to hospitals if their patients must return for care in 30 or 60 days, California researcher Jan Eldred went looking for programs with creative transition solutions, so discharged patients can remain safely out of the hospital.