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CHF Re-admission Rates and Implications

Heart failure is the most common diagnosis of 30-day re-admissions, yet less than 40 percent of patients who were hospitalized for heart failure had a follow-up appointment within seven days of their discharge. Successful interventions to reduce the rate of re-admissions that are needed to reduce the impact on re-admissions to patients and their families, as well as to reduce the financial burden re-admissions place on the overall healthcare system.

1. Discuss implications of the above findings relative to the patient cohort/population, interdisciplinary team, cost and the continuum of care.

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CHF Readmission Rates and Implications

Heart failure is the most common diagnosis of 30-day readmissions, yet less than 40 percent of patients who were hospitalized for heart failure had a follow-up appointment within seven days of their discharge. Successful interventions to reduce the rate of readmissions are needed to reduce the impact on readmissions to patients and their families, as well as to reduce the financial burden readmissions place on the overall healthcare system.

Discuss implications of the above findings relative to the patient cohort/population, interdisciplinary team, cost and the continuum of care.

1. Patient cohort/population:
For this part of the question you should be looking at how the patient cohort/population plays into the overall picture of being readmitted to the hospital following CHF. Some of the things to consider are:
- Individual risk factors. Did the patient have prior factors or comorbid conditions that lead to a readmission of CHF? Consider diabetes, obesity, or any other conditions.
- Many new studies are beginning to look at the external environment of the patient when they are released from the hospital (post discharge environment) and if they have adequate support from friends/family. Other factors are if the patient is single, their sex, age, average income, or if they are using Medicare/Medicaid (i.e.: different rates apply ...

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The expert discusses the implications of the findings relative to the patient cohort/populations, interdisciplinary teams, costs and the continuum of care.

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