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New Jersey hospitals' patient safety program cut costs by $120 million

A collaborative effort of New Jersey's hospitals has borne significant clinical and financial fruit, according to data released by that state's hospital association.

House calls: A sound way to reduce hospital readmissions, care costs

Older and chronically ill patients are always in danger of hospitalizations and readmissions, driving up healthcare costs. But an old-fashioned concept--house calls--could tame such patients, according to the  Wall Street Journal.

Once-notorious hospital now leads the way on preventive care

When it was shut down in 2007, care at Los Angeles' King/Drew Medical Center had become so infamous it was colloquially known as "Killer King," due to incidents such the accidental slitting of a shooting victim's throat. Now the hospital, which reopened this summer, is blazing a trail on preventive care, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Half of readmissions disparities are beyond hospital control

Health experts have long warned that federal readmission penalties punish hospitals for outcomes beyond their control, and now new research published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests the patient population's clinical and social makeup accounts for half the difference between the lowest and highest performers.

The sepsis threat: Why it's more 'insidious' than other conditions [Interview]

Sepsis is responsible for half of all hospital deaths and contributes to preventable readmissions at a rate comparable to heart failure and pneumonia. So why doesn't it get as much attention? Part of the problem is that the condition doesn't have a clear-cut jurisdiction, according to Martin Doerfler, M.D., senior vice president of clinical strategy and development at North Shore-LIJ Health System, in an exclusive interview with FierceHealthcare.  

How Medicare's transitional care movement may prevent readmissions

In an exclusive interview with FierceHealthcare,  Global Transitional Care CEO Rani Khetarpal discusses how transitional care service providers can help prevent readmissions and improve patient care. 

Hospitals face readmissions head on with help from health IT [Special Report]

From the minute a patient is admitted to the hospital and for months after he or she leaves, providers are committed to ensuring a return visit doesn't happen--and health IT is aiding in that effort.   In this special report, find out how provider organizations view technology's role in preventing readmissions, what programs they have under way to battle the problem and the challenges they face. Special Report

Hospital patients in rural areas less likely to receive follow-up care

Rural hospitals appear to be struggling with providing follow-up care to patients after discharge, amplifying the risk of their readmission with 30 days

Readmissions higher for COPD patients with psychological conditions

People with a psychological condition such as depression, anxiety, psychosis or alcohol/drug abuse have higher rates of early hospital readmission for complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to a study from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston published in the journal CHEST.

Elderly, ambulatory surgery patients at greater risk for readmissions

Patients 65 and older who have ambulatory surgery are more likely to be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days than younger patients, regardless of their health before surgery, reports a new, large national Northwestern Medicine study published in the  Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.