Infographic: The $18B Impact of Medicare Hospital Readmissions

Friday, October 4th, 2013
This post was written by Jackie Lyons

Hospital readmissions drive up overall cost of healthcare for everyone. There is a $17.8 billion dollar impact of unnecessary hospital readmissions on Medicare due to poor follow-up, according to a new infographic from DoctorBase.

The infographic shows that one in eight Medicare patients are readmitted within 30 days. This infographic also outlines the potential money Medicare could save by improving patient and provider communication, includes statistics on follow-up measures, and shows money wasted on unnecessary or repeated tests.

Impact of Medicare Hospital Readmissions

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You may also be interested in this related resource: Rethinking Readmissions: Patient-Centered Collaborations in Care Transition Management.

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One Response to “Infographic: The $18B Impact of Medicare Hospital Readmissions”

  1. Irene says:

    When I worked at a hospital 40 years ago, there was a subacute wing for patients who were too ill to be discharged to a nursing home. It was a LTC ward, no private rooms, just curtains, but it was as clean as could be. Nursing homes did not accept patients with tube feeding, vents, catheters, etc. Nursing homes were for elderly residents who were too infirm to be left alone at home, and not for the elderly who were acutely ill. We need to admit that nursing homes have become med/surg wards. When they “go bad,” which is common, and are a full code, the nurses scramble to get them to the hospital before they expire.