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Hospitals take steps to keep patients safe — and at home
Market Watch

About one in five Medicare patients suffers complications or other health problems that send them back to the hospital within a month of going home — and a lack of communication between hospitals and patients about follow-up care is a major reason why, experts say.

But with new Medicare rules coming soon that will slash payments for return visits, hospitals nationwide are testing a simple solution to a problem that can lead to higher costs and sicker patients: They’re spending more time on discharge instructions to patients and their doctors and other caregivers.

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