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Observation status, ED visits create illusion of fewer readmissions, quality gains

from FierceHealthcare

Even as the government claims preventable hospital readmissions have dropped, a dramatic increase in hospitals' use of observation status and emergency care in lieu of readmission suggests many providers are gaming the quality standards, according to a Health Affairs blog post. Hospitals' use of observation status has been a source of controversy in recent years. Critics say the designation confuses patients; states such as Virginia have passed legislation requiring hospitals to inform patients when they are designated under observation status. more

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