Communication and Medicare Readmissions

With all of the focus on hospital readmissions now that Medicare is penalizing hospitals for what it considers excessive readmissions of elderly patients, a new study suggests a simple reason for some of those readmissions:  poor communication.

The study – actually, more of a small, informal survey – found that readmissions can often be traced to physicians failing to give clear instructions and failing to ensure that patients have the ability to carry out those instructions and patients failing to comprehend instructions and to carry out even some of those they do understand.

Read more about the importance of communication in preventing hospital readmissions in this Forbes article.

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