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Early follow-up reduces readmissions of high-risk patients

from FierceHealthcare

Prompt follow-up care for high-risk patients with multiple chronic conditions significantly reduces their risk of readmission, according to a new study published in the Annals of Family Medicine. Researchers, led by Carlos Jackson, Ph.D., of Community Care of North Carolina, Raleigh, analyzed 44,473 North Carolina Medicaid recipients with 65,085 qualifying discharges. They found that readmissions fell among one in four patients if the patient had an outpatient visit within a week of discharge, but reductions were negligible for the rest. more

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