Medicare Readmission Rates Miss ED Visits

Medicare may be missing factors that result in return visits to the hospital because it does not count most discharged patients who come to the emergency department (ED) but are not readmitted, according to a study in Annals of Emergency Medicine.

The study looked at nearly 12,000 discharged patients from Boston Medical Center. The researchers found that a quarter of those discharges resulted in at least one ED visit within 30 days. However, more than half of those visits did not lead to a readmission and would not be counted toward the hospital’s readmission rate.

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