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Contemporary Data About Hospital Strategies to Reduce Unplanned Readmissions:  What Has Changed?

Elizabeth H. Bradley, PhD1,2; Heather Sipsma, PhD3; Leora I. Horwitz, MD, MHS4,5; Leslie Curry, MPH, PhD1,2; Harlan M. Krumholz, MD, SM1,2,4,6
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1Department of Health Policy and Management, Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, Connecticut
2Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, Department of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
3Department of Women, Children and Family Health Science, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing, Chicago, Illinois
4Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation, Yale–New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut
5Section of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
6Section of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(1):154-156. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.11574.
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Almost 1 in 5 hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries will experience an unplanned readmission within 30 days, with an estimated cost to Medicare of more than $17 billion annually.1 In response, many hospitals have enrolled in quality collaboratives or campaigns to implement evidence-based strategies to reduce readmission rates. However, we have little information on the changes in practice that have occurred among the nation’s hospitals. Such information is important to understand hospital responses to the policy changes.

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