February 1, 2013

A plan for avoiding readmissions after surgery

A Medicaid patient is admitted to the hospital for repair of an enterocutaneous fistula. He’s considered a high risk for readmission after surgery because he doesn’t have a working refrigerator or telephone. That means he won’t be able to keep fresh food on hand or call his physician if he has problems. More likely, he’ll go to the emergency room and become a readmission.

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