Nearly 1-in-5 seniors who are hospitalized return to the hospital within 30 days.
One of the leading topics in healthcare today is reducing hospital
readmission rates. The National Institute of Health Care Reform’s 2011
report “Physician Visits After Hospital Discharge: Implications for
Reducing Readmissions” found that the cost of hospital readmissions is
$97 billion annually, $27 billion of which are Medicare expenditures according to Academy Health.
Compounding the problem, discharged Medicare and Medicaid patients have
higher bounce-back admission rates than those with other types of
health insurance according to a study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.