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CHF Readmission Prevention Efforts Costly for Hospital

A transitional care intervention program for congestive heart failure patients at a Texas hospital reduced readmissions by 48%, but because Medicare did not pay the average $1,100 cost per patient, the facility lost money.

1 comments on "CHF Readmission Prevention Efforts Costly for Hospital"
gcgeraci (7/28/2011 at 1:11 PM)

Was any analysis done to see if there were any cost differences between providers- and any providers that provided care below the Medicare DRG payment (with equal or better quality?) There are often wide profiles for similar diagnoses in terms of cost of care, and if a best practice can be identified or created that keeps the costs lower at equal or better quality, that may be a more effective strategy for the hospital in the short run.