Early ED Readmissions After Acute Care Discharge


ED visits within 30 days appear to be common after discharge from acute care hospitals, according to an analysis of adults in the United States. Such visits accounted for nearly 40% of post-discharge hospital-based acute care visits. For every 1,000 discharges, there were 97.5 ED treat-and-release visits and 147.6 hospital readmissions within 30 days. The authors recommend that efforts to improve care transitions focus on ED visits, not just readmissions.

Abstract: JAMA, January 23, 2013.

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