Essay On Hospital Readmission

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Hospital Readmission has a high burden to both healthcare systems and patients. Most readmission is thought to be related to the quality of healthcare system. In the US, nearly 20 percent of Medicare patients are readmitted within 30 days after discharge and related with an estimated annual cost of 17 billion (1). Hospital readmission for patients early after an inpatient stay can be a traumatic experience (2). Readmission causes vary between countries, regions and healthcare centers, at least part of them can be avoidable (3-5). In the US by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2009 readmission causes are reported for pneumonia, congestive heart failure, and acute myocardial infarction (6). Previous studies addressing the risk of readmission proposed risk models for specific…show more content…
Hospital readmission is used for several purposes, such as cost control or a correcting measure for length of hospital stay or other outcome. In recent years, there is a great interest in the readmission rate as a representative of quality of hospital care. So, hospital readmission can be viewed as a criteria of poor quality care and have been estimated to cost Medicare that avoidable to spending (1). Despite its use by administering for both quality of health care and cost control, however, the validity of readmission rates as a criteria of quality of hospital care is not evident (17). Reducing readmission has become a high priority for government and a healthcare system (2). The cost of readmission is very important, in US, accounting for an estimated $17.4 billion in spending annually by the only healthcare system(1). The aim of this study has examined the rates and causes of early readmission in the emergency department in Iran’s

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