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5 percent of seniors discharged from emergency room admitted within days

from HealthDay News via Healthcare Professionals Network

Nearly 5 percent of older Medicare beneficiaries seen in the emergency department have a hospital inpatient admission within seven days after discharge, according to a study published in the January issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Gelareh Z. Gabayan, M.D., from the University of California in Los Angeles, and colleagues evaluated emergency department visits for 505,315 Medicare beneficiaries in 2007 using the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development files. more

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