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Hospital Readmission Rates Can be Curbed by Longer LOS, Study Finds
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A group of business school researchers looked at readmissions through an economist’s lens and found that keeping heart failure patients in the hospital for an extra day lowered their chances of being readmitted.

The retrospective analysis of Medicare data, conducted by researchers at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, also found that the extended length of stay lowers 30-day mortality rates for pneumonia and heart attack patients. The finding suggests another approach for hospitals trying to find ways to avoid readmissions and the Medicare penalties that can come with them.

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