The chance of hospital readmission within 30 days of discharge is roughly 8 percent less for heart failure patients who receive early, intensive nursing services combined with at least one outpatient physician visit during the week following discharge, an AHRQ study concluded. Neither treatment used alone, however, had a significant effect on hospital readmission. The researchers examined almost 99,000 hospital stay records for Medicare patients admitted with heart failure who were discharged to home health care. “Reducing Readmissions Among Heart Failure Patients Discharged to Home Health Care: Effectiveness of Early and Intensive Nursing Services and Early Physician Follow-Up” appeared online July 28 in Health Services Research. Access the abstract.
Health Serv Res. 2016 Jul 28. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.12537. [Epub ahead of print]
Reducing Readmissions among Heart Failure Patients Discharged to Home Health Care: Effectiveness of Early and Intensive Nursing Services and Early Physician Follow-Up.
Murtaugh CM1, Deb P2,3, Zhu C4,5, Peng TR6, Barrón Y7, Shah S7, Moore SM8, Bowles KH7,9, Kalman J10, Feldman PH7, Siu AL4,5.
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Heart failure; home health care; hospital readmission; instrumental variable; transitional care
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