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Fighting readmissions at Scripps Mercy
San Diego Union-Tribune

Like hospitals nationwide, Scripps Health is realizing that millions of dollars, specialized staffing and extensive patient outreach cannot ensure a big drop in people who are readmitted for treatment within days or weeks of being sent home.

The medical network has taken extensive steps in trying to fulfill a government-mandated transformation in health care: Instead of being paid to repeatedly treat the same patient, hospitals are now penalized for it. The goal these days is to prevent readmissions by working closely with patients and their primary care physicians, home health aides, social workers and other support groups.