Study Links Poor Communication With Hospital Readmissions
The UCSF analysis of readmissions finds that 15 percent could have definitely been avoided and that 27 percent likely could have been avoided.
Payers & Providers:
Seeking A Root Cause For Readmissions
Hospital executives often minutely study the clinical causes behind readmissions of inpatients within 30 days of discharge, but it may often be as simple as poor communications. That's the conclusion of researchers at UC San Francisco, which with a group of East Coast hospitals studied more than 1,000 readmissions. Among those cases, some 27% likely could be avoided, while 15% could definitively be avoided. (Shinkman, 3/17)