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Hospitals aim to reduce the number of patients readmitted after discharged
Washington Post

“Welcome back” are two words you’d really rather not hear at a hospital, especially if you’ve just been discharged. Yet one in five Medicare patients found themselves back in the hospital within 30 days of leaving it in 2003 and 2004, according to a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Even more troubling is the possibility that three-quarters of those readmissions might have been prevented, as estimated in a 2007 report by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), an independent agency that advises Congress.

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