Hospitals are losing funding due to readmissions even though they have initiatives in place to decrease these incidents.
Some hospitals being penalized have been calling patients regularly after discharge to make sure they are taking their medications and continuing to recover. If a doctor visit is needed, they arrange the appointment for the patient.
Making sure patients are being educated on the recovery process is important, but hospitals can only do so much. Part of the responsibility for recovery is on the patient, but it seems the hospital is made 100% accountable for results.
Click on the link below to read an article that describes other ways hospitals are tackling the challenges of readmission prevention.