Hospital readmission rates are costly; nearly 1 in 5 hospital patients covered by Medicare are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge, accounting for $15 billion a year in health care spending (Jencks et al., 2009). The emergency department (ED) is the biggest cost driver for hospital readmissions. The research conducted implemented new protocols with an ED-based research study team that came in at the time of the patient discharge and assist with the transition of care for the patient, scheduling next day follow-ups with their Primary Care Provider. Analysis of this data will include readmission rates for patients demographic variables, comparison of patients with scheduled follow-up versus no follow-up, and barriers to follow up care. The goal of this thesis is to evaluate hospital readmissions and identify potential interventions to reduce them.
Roderka, Meredith, "Effect of Primary Care Follow Up on Hospital Readmissions" (2018). Honors College. 359.