Hospital patients in rural areas less likely to receive follow-up care

Rural hospitals appear to be struggling with providing follow-up care to patients after discharge, amplifying the risk of their readmission with 30 days. Patients treated at hospitals in isolated rural areas were 19 percent less likely to receive coordinated follow-up care compared to hospitals in urban areas, according to a new study published in the journal Medical Care. And that lack of follow-up care means that patients treated in hospitals in large and small rural areas were 32 percent and 42 percent more likely to be readmitted, respectively, than patients treated at urban hospitals. Read the full article at FierceHealthcare

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