Few preventable readmissions found after stroke

Cardiology News: March 19, 2013

Health care reformers looking to drive down preventable 30-day readmission rates will find slim pickings among the nation’s elderly hospitalized for ischemic stroke, according to Judith H. Lichtman, Ph.D.

An analysis of national fee-for-service Medicare data concluded that a mere 1.7% of patients hospitalized for ischemic stroke in 2006 had a potentially preventable readmission within 30 days of discharge, she reported at the International Stroke Conference sponsored by the American Heart Association. Read more