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Nephrol News Issues. 2012 Mar;26(3):20-2.

RightReturn. Partnering to reduce the high rate of hospital readmission for dialysis-dependent patients.

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Fresenius Medical Care North America, Brentwood, Tenn, USA.

Abstract

The rate of rehospitalization is at a critical level. Twenty percent of all Medicare patients are rehospitalized within 30 days of discharge, and this rate is even higher (36%) for end-stage renal disease patients. Dialysis-dependent patients are commonly discharged from the hospital with a decline in various health measures (such as hemoglobin, albumin, and estimated dry weight) when compared to pre-hospital values, making the common response to resume previous orders" in the outpatient setting inadequate. Both quality of care and financial penalties by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have set the stage for partnerships between dialysis providers and hospitals to develop strategies to reduce readmissions for ESRD patients, and provide for the "RightReturn" to the outpatient setting with resumption of their daily lives at home in optimal health.

PMID:
22479972
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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