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For Hospitals, Lowered Death Rates May Not Mean More Readmissions
Date:2/12/2013

nsition period is very important. When you leave the hospital, he suggested that you already have an appointment scheduled with your usual doctor, and that you understand any changes that have been made to your medications.

"Get your medication information in writing. Get a discharge summary that describes your condition when you're leaving the hospital, and get a copy for your doctor," Krumholz advised.

In the immediate days after you go home, he added, "know what you should be looking out for if things aren't going well. You should be told what to look out for, and who to call."

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Learn what you need to know when you leave the hospital from the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

SOURCES: Harlan Krumholz, M.D., professor, medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.; Randall Starling, M.D., M.P.H., section head, heart failure, division of cardiovascular medicine, and vice chair, clinical operations, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio; Feb. 13, 2013 Journal of the American Medical Association


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