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Study Puts Spotlight on Preventing Fall-Related Injuries
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An upcoming federal research project to prevent falls in seniors 75 and older may seem to have little relevance for hospital and physician leaders. But the impact its findings may have on hospital costs and reimbursement from payers is potentially enormous. “The reason the industry should be interested in this study is that very soon, if not already, you will be accountable for the care of a defined population of patients, not just those who fall while in the hospital,” says Albert Wu, MD, who directs the Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.