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J Child Neurol. 2013 Jun;28(6):758-61. doi: 10.1177/0883073813481404. Epub 2013 Mar 25.

Should readmission within 30 days after discharge of children hospitalized for a neurologic disorder be considered a quality assurance failure?

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  • 1Quality Improvement Team, Department of Neurology, Boston Children's Hospital, 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, USA.


The Affordable Care Act penalizes hospitals with high readmission rates. Children's hospitals are not yet among these hospitals, although that is likely to change. Because chronic neurologic conditions represent a sizable proportion of all children's hospitals costs, and because some/many of the readmissions might not be easily prevented, children's hospitals and neurologists who care for children might be inappropriately penalized for some readmissions. We encourage more study to identify the correlates of readmission of children who have a neurologic disorder.


chronic disease; health care; hospitals; patient discharge; quality indicators; standards

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