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Hospitals Thinking Beyond 30-Day Readmissions
Health Leaders Media

When asked why their efforts to prevent 30-day readmissions focus only on patients with heart failure, pneumonia, or heart attack, many hospital leaders shrug: because those readmissions are the only ones for which hospitals suffer a stiff reimbursement penalty. While many hospitals intend to target all-cause readmissions eventually, for now, it represents a steep front-end expense their budgets are not yet ready to absorb in a fee-for-service world, especially for readmissions that are not yet at risk for penalties.