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Is a post-discharge clinic in your hospital's future?

from The Hospitalist

Recent research on hospital readmissions by the Dartmouth Atlas Project found that only 42 percent of hospitalized Medicare patients had any contact with a primary-care clinician within 14 days of discharge. For patients with ongoing medical needs, such missed connections are a major contributor to hospital readmissions, and thus a target for hospitals and HM groups wanting to control their readmission rates before Medicare imposes reimbursement penalties starting in October 2012. more

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