Readmissions often linked to emergency surgeries

Hospitals struggling with the financial impact of patient readmissions should consider recent findings that reveal many emergency surgical cases wind up back in their facilities. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Surgery found that nearly 6 percent of that patient population was readmitted within 30 days, with surgical site infections among the leading cause for readmission. "Reducing readmissions is a noble cost-saving goal with benefits not only to the hospitals, but also to the patients. However, it is critical to understand the underlying factors associated with readmission to appropriately identify quality-improvement measures that address the true problem," the researchers wrote in the study. Read the full article at FierceHealthcare