New trends with  hospital readmissions  for a profitable bottom line.

New trends with hospital readmissions for a profitable bottom line.


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Admission to a hospital is usually unpleasant for the patient, who will have to spend several days or weeks away from his home and work while experiencing possibly painful, unpleasant, or dangerous procedures and treatments for a health condition. What is even worse than a hospital admission is a hospital readmission: when a patient must […]




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Admission to a hospital is usually unpleasant for the patient, who will have to spend several days or weeks away from his home and work while experiencing possibly painful, unpleasant, or dangerous procedures and treatments for a health condition. What is even worse than a hospital admission is a hospital readmission: when a patient must return to a hospital after he has been discharged. He will have to suffer through the same trauma again. Hospital readmissions are also problematic for medical institutions: because they are usually unexpected, extra expenses and allocation of resources must be provided that the institution has not planned. Issues such as lack of personnel, lack of room, or insufficient treatment capability can be very expensive for the institution to amend.

Hospital readmissions can occur for a variety of reasons. Doctors may have attempted to heal a harmful medical condition through treatment that initially seemed to be successful, but later, if the problem is persistent and reappears, the patient will have to return to the hospital for a continuation or repeat of treatment. Sometimes, the treatment of one condition may incite the creation of another condition that will then require treatment. This can be the result of an operation or the result of new medication. Allergies or unhealthy reactions to many common medications are prevalent among the population. Medicine used during treatment or medicine used during recovery could later incite a new medical problem that requires treatment, and hospital readmission. If a patient is required to regularly use a new medication on his own, and doctors do not have a chance to detect the aversion while the patient is in the hospital, it is likely that he will have to return to the hospital because of the medication.

However, many hospital readmissions are not the result of random or unforeseen changes in a patient’s condition after he leaves the hospital. Often, hospital readmissions occur because the patient receives poor treatment or poor medical care during his stay. Those treating a patient may not be alert enough to fully examine and determine the health and condition of a patient, leading to an early release from recovery.

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