In this large cohort of COPD patients, the risk of readmission was 9% lower in those with follow-up within 30 days of discharge (with a PCP or pulmonologist). Higher readmission rates were observed in those discharged from larger, non-profit, or teaching hospitals. Another study demonstrating the importance of timely follow up to reduce readmission rates (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.