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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Major push under way across US to cut rehospitalizations

From ACC Newsletter:

The AP (12/8, Neergaard) reports that "a major push is under way around the country to cut rehospitalizations, in part by arming patients with simple steps to keep their recovery on track -- like getting past harried receptionists for quicker follow-up doctor visits, and reducing medication confusion." Dr. Harlan Krumholz, of Yale University, "helped the American College of Cardiology begin a 'Hospital to Home' program this fall, signing up hundreds of hospitals to share solutions with the goal of cutting heart patients' readmissions by 20 percent within three years." Dr. Krumholz said, "Somehow this idea of one in four people landing back in the hospital in a month is treated as business as usual, that it's part of being sick in America. It doesn't have to be that way."
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