In this analysis of almost 12 million Medicare recipients that had been hospitalized, 20% were re-admitted within 30 days, and 34% were re-admitted within 90 days; 67% of medical patients were either readmitted or died within a year. Of those re-admitted within 30 days, half did not have evidence of having seen a physician since discharge. This emphasizes the shocking prevalence of readmission rates for Medicare patients, and highlights the need for continued emphasis of safe transitions of care (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.