Wednesday, June 21, 2017

One in five Medicare patients returns to the hospital after ‘observation stays’

Dana Halvorson

According to a June 20, 2017, YaleNews article, “as many as one in five older Medicare patients returns to the hospital after an observation stay, or short-term outpatient stay,” a Yale-led study found.  The article goes on to note that “this high rate of revisit to the hospital points to a hidden vulnerability among these patients, and suggests changes in care might be needed, the researchers said.” The study was published online June 20 in The BMJ.

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