In this large database analysis of Medicare hospitalizations, researchers found the strongest predictor of hospital readmission rates were overall hospitalization rates, which accounted for significantly more variability than patient conditions, discharge planning quality, or physician/bed supply. To tackle readmissions, a hospital system must first take a look at overall hospitalization rates, and their appropriateness (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.