Hospital Readmission — some help

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Here are two simple things hospitals could do to reduce readmissions:  1)  Make a primary care appointment for hospital follow-up at the time of discharge  2) Dispense enough of the patient’s medications to last until the primary care appointment or to last 2 weeks, whichever is longer.

Patients are often readmitted because they did not take the medications prescribed at discharge.  The beauty of the suggestions:  hospitals save money since the cost of medications is low by comparison to readmission, patients will likely take the medications they are given, primary care providers will be engaged, and there is a financial incentive to make the appointment within 2 weeks.

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