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Follow-up Appointments May Not Reduce Readmissions
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Improving follow-up appointments is often considered one of the key strategies for reducing costly hospital readmissions, but a new study suggests that better discharge processes don’t reduce 30-day readmission rates at all. While previous research has found that follow-up appointments reduce readmissions for special patient populations, the latest study, which was conducted by Mayo Clinic researchers and appears in the latest Archives of Internal Medicine, examined nearly 5,000 dismissal summaries for general medicine patients discharged in 2006 from Mayo Clinic hospitals in Rochester, MN.