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Study: Hospital to home focus may reduce readmissions

Reuters, September 3, 2013
(Reuters Health) - Helping people who were recently released from a hospital understand how to care for themselves and informing their primary care doctors about their stay may reduce their risk of being admitted back into the hospital, says a new study. Researchers found that implementing a statewide transitional care program for North Carolinians on Medicaid - the state and federal insurance for the poor - was linked to a 20 percent reduction in patients' risk of going back to the hospital during the next year.