Beckers Hospital Review: April 14, 2014
Readmissions added $41.3 billion in hospital costs in 2011, and 58 percent of those costs stemmed from Medicare patients.
Those findings come from an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality statistical brief, released this month.
All told, Medicare patients represented 56 percent of all readmissions in 2011. The three most common conditions for a Medicare readmission were congestive heart failure, septicemia and pneumonia, and all three were also the most expensive. Complications of devices, implants or grafts were the tenth most common readmission condition, but they were the sixth most expensive. Read More