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Medicare Patients Revisit Hospitals Soon After Discharge

Medicare Patients Revisit Hospitals Soon After Discharge

A recent study reveals that 1 out of every 5 Medicare patients are seen to revisit the hospitals in less than a month of their release from there. This costs a lump some amount of money to Medicare and also the patients. The reports confirm the utter negligence of the hospitals in this regard. This article features the other findings of the study and possible solutions in details.

A study conducted recently proves that 1 out of 5 Medicare patients have to return to the hospitals, just in between one month of their release from there. This procedure is going on for a long time that incurs huge sum of money for a patient and also for Medicare ever year.

The reports of the study states that the patients are not adequately informed about the ways of taking further care of their health and to remain fit, before they are discharged from the hospital. The study authors claimed that many a times, arranging an appointment with the physician before discharging the patient, which can really help the patient, is not made by the hospital authorities. This is in fact, one of the prime reasons for causing this patient readmission to the hospitals in less than one month.

Other findings of the study states that 50% of the patients who have not undergone any surgery and were discharged in between one month of their hospital stay; haven't interacted with any physician during their stay time. This is in fact a severe erroneous practice that must be taken care of.

Dr. Eric Coleman of Denver-based University of Colorado was the one among the authors who conducted the study. He also conducts a program in order to enhance communication amidst different healthcare schemes. As per him, the hospitals shows more interest while admitting the patients, in comparison to that shown during the time of their discharge.

Coleman also remarked about the patients' uncertainty of their health conditions when they shift to home after less than a month's stay in the hospital. They are totally perplexed about what medications to take, how to take care of their health, how to tackle with probable health disorders and others. Unable to deal with these situations, they revisit the hospital once again.

Additional focus is now being laid to hospital revisit cases along with their corresponding expenses, since the budget plans of President Barack Obama has proposed for decreasing payments to Medicare readmission, in order to spend towards health care renovation.

The Medicare registers of the past 2003 and 2004 were consulted by the researchers of the study that revealed that among 20% of the 11.9 million Medicare patients, who have to revisit the hospitals within one month of their release; only around 1/3rd returned back in between 3 months. This has led to a matter of severe concern among many health care experts and also the Medicare officials.

Medicare has to compensate a major part of the expenses incurred because of the hospital stays of the patient, and in such a time if a patient have to revisit the hospital again in less than a month of their release, then it costs huge sum of money to Medicare. The study report has clearly demonstrated such a quandary and has silently urged the hospital authorities and even Medicare to undertake some prominent actions in order to counter this present crisis.


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