6 Recent Findings on Hospital Readmissions

Here are six findings on hospital readmissions in the past month, beginning with the most recent.

1. Study: Early Discharge Associated With Low Readmissions for Colorectal Surgery Patients With Enhanced Recovery Pathway
Laparoscopic colorectal surgery with an enhanced recovery pathway is associated with early discharge and low readmission rates, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

2. 20 Statistics on Hospital Readmissions
Two studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association provided 20 statistics on readmissions, including readmission rates for heart failure, myocardial infarction and pneumonia hospitalizations.

3. Study: Safety-Net Hospitals Hurt Most by Readmission Penalties

Large hospitals, teaching hospitals and safety-net hospitals are more likely to be highly penalized under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program than small hospitals, nonteaching hospitals and non-safety-net hospitals, respectively, according to a research letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

4. Study: Medicare Readmissions Decreased More in Areas With Quality Improvement Initiatives

The number of all-cause 30-day rehospitalizations and all-cause hospitalizations decreased more in communities where quality improvement initiatives were led by Medicare Quality Improvement Organizations than in communities without these initiatives, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

5. "Post-Hospital Syndrome" May Play Role in Readmissions

Stressors from an initial hospital stay — such as interrupted sleep, poor nutrition, discomfort and even confusing interactions with multiple medical professionals — can make patients more vulnerable to illness within a 30-day period after discharge, according to a perspective piece in the New England Journal of Medicine.

6. Study: Post-Discharge Phone Calls Reduce Hospital Readmissions

Post-discharge phone calls by a case manager to certain high-risk patients were associated with fewer readmissions, according to a study in the American Journal of Managed Care.

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