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Study finds many on Medicare return to hospital

New England Journal of Medicine, April 8, 2009

The nation spends billions of dollars a year on patients' return visits to the hospital—many of which are readmissions that could be prevented with better follow-up care, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. As many as a fifth of all Medicare patients are readmitted within a month of being discharged and a third are rehospitalized within 90 days, according to the study.