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Readmissions: No Quick Fix to Costly Hospital Challenge
HealthLeaders Media

Two recently released studies on costly hospital readmissions of seriously ill, elderly patients draw the same conclusion: Fixing this vexing problem is far from easy.

With hospitals under mounting financial pressure to reduce readmissions in the form of Medicare reimbursement penalties, the search is on to find intervention strategies that work. The studies released this month deliver a sobering message.

Ariel Linden, DPH, is lead author of “a study on interventions to reduce readmissions in chronically ill patients published in the American Journal of Managed Care.