Medicare Effort To Cut Readmissions Isn’t Counting Patients Who Come Back To ER

Kaiser Health News: April 9, 2013

A study published Tuesday says Medicare may be missing factors that lead to post-hospital health problems because it isn’t counting many discharged patients who come back to the emergency room but aren’t admitted.

The study in Annals of Emergency Medicine looked at 11,976 patients discharged from Boston Medical Center, the largest safety net hospital in New England, in the first half of 2010. The total number of impatient discharges during the period studied was 15,519, including patients who were readmitted more than once. Read more