Michigan not categorized as a state with lower-than-average readmission rates

New data from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Kaiser Health regarding specific states' and hospitals' readmission rates. Click here to read the full...
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Homeless Navigators Reduce Admissions

Hospitals have been able to reduce readmissions among the homeless population by the implemention of "homeless navigators". These individuals have been able to find treatment for patients after discharge. These patients are sometimes referred to as "frequent fliers" because of the high rates at which they use emergency rooms. To read more about how hospitals are working to help patients, click...
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More Nurses = Less Hospital Penalties

A new study by Health Affairs found that hospitals that had a higher nursing staff levels were 25% less likey to see penalties from Medicare and Medicaid for readmissions. To read more about the study, click HERE.  
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Hospitals Reduce Costs Among “Super-utilizers”

Patients suffering from chronic illness bear the term "super-utilizers" by those in the health industry. These patients are only 1% of total hospital goers, but are 21% of hospital costs per year. This population also struggles with uncoordinated care, and utilize emergency rooms more often than primary care doctors. The University of Michigan Hospital System has taken steps to help this group,...
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Top 10 Most Expensive Inpatient Conditions

Septocemia released the top 10 most expensive inpatient conditions: Septicemia (except in labor)--$20.3 million Osteoarthritis--$14.8 million Complication of device, implant or graft--$12.9 million Liveborn--$12.4 million Acute myocardial infarction--$11.5 million Spondylosis, intervertebral disc disorders, other back problems--$11.2 million Pneumonia...
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