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Strategies for Reducing Hospital Readmissions

The costs associated with hospital readmission within 30 days of discharge are high. CMS and other payers are now measuring readmission rates and penalizing hospitals financially for poor performance. As a result, reducing...

Total Knee Arthroplasty Among Medicare Beneficiaries

Approximately 600,000 total knee arthroplasties (TKA) are performed each year in the United States, costing about $15,000 per procedure. “TKA has been shown to markedly improve health-related quality of life and functional...

Overnight Admissions After Younger Pediatric Tonsillectomy

In 1996, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (AAOHNS) released guidelines indicating that children younger than 3 be admitted overnight for postoperative...

How to Lower 30-Day Hospital Readmission Rates

As new Medicare rules kick in, some 2,200 hospitals nationwide are facing financial penalties for 30-day readmission rates for myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure and pneumonia. Medicare payments will be lowered by...

Discharging Patients After Elective PCI

Among Medicare recipients, PCI is one of the most commonly performed cardiac procedures in the United States, with more than 1 million procedures being performed each year. Research has shown that the risks associated with PCI...

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