Navigation Links
Hospitals Falling Short on Heart Patients' Follow-Up Care
Date:5/4/2010

Not tracking heart failure outcomes after discharge leads to readmissions, study finds

TUESDAY, May 4 (HealthDay News) -- A quick follow-up visit by a medical professional to a heart failure patient discharged from the hospital reduces the chance that the patient will wind up back in the hospital, but that preventive measure is more often ignored than observed, a new study finds.

The study of more than 30,000 hospital patients covered by Medicare found that fewer than 40 percent of those with heart failure saw a health-care provider within seven days of discharge, according to a report in the May 5 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The readmission rate was 15 percent lower for those who did have such a visit, the study found.

A high rate of readmission is a problem for all patients, said study author Dr. Adrian F. Hernandez, an assistant professor of medicine at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C. The Duke Clinical Research Institute group he led chose to look at heart failure -- loss of the ability to pump blood -- because it is "a large part of the problem." People with heart failure generally are older and have other health problems, such as diabetes and arthritis.

Medicare data published in 2009 showed that heart failure is the leading diagnosis for hospital readmission.

Money is a major factor in the readmission issue. "There is currently no direct incentive" for a hospital to report the rate of readmissions, Hernandez said, but the newly enacted health care law calls for a reduction in Medicare payments to hospitals with high readmission rates for heart failure patients, starting in October 2012.

The new study provides support for that measure, Hernandez said.

One question is whether the responsibility for follow-up visits after discharge lies with the hospital or the physician, said Dr. Robert O. Bonow, chief of the divisi
'/>"/>

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Is patient coding making hospitals appear better than they are?
2. U.S. Hospitals Get Low Marks on Curbing Infections
3. Primary care physicians nationwide face clinical ethical conflicts with religious hospitals
4. Thomson Reuters Names QHR Management Client to 100 Top Hospitals List - Wooster Community Hospital Honored for Third Consecutive Year
5. Prescription Drug Abuse Sending More to Hospitals
6. Health Reform For Doctors And Hospitals: Obama Made An Offer We Can't Refuse! - ERISAclaim.com Celebrates its Successful Webinars on Reimbursement Laws
7. New PerfectServe Clinician-to-Clinician Communications System Gives Physicians Control and Helps Hospitals Coordinate Care
8. Fewer Deaths in Larger, Busier Hospitals
9. Holy Cross And Mercy Hospitals Announce Staff Promotions
10. Carefx Portal Solution to Deliver First Time, Statewide Access to Patient Data Among Hospitals in the LSU Network
11. New superbug surpasses MRSA infection rates in community hospitals
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/30/2014)... News) -- There,s no genetic evidence that high levels ... new study says. Some previous research had suggested ... against type 2 diabetes, raising the possibility of a ... disease. In this study, British researchers investigated the ... on genes that control blood levels of vitamin D. ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter ... climb, women tend to put the brakes on motherhood. And ... be a permanent choice, new research suggests. Women in ... have a child during tough economic times. But, according to ... remain childless into their 40s and beyond. The findings ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... Health Day Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. ... are overweight or obese when diagnosed appear to face ... cancer, new research suggests. , , The finding didn,t ... the potential for developing other cancers associated with obesity. ... reported being overweight or obese prior to diagnosis had ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] Autism is no stranger ... the East African nation is access to clinical services, ... autism diagnostic measure, for example, validated for use in ... small new study, however, researchers at Brown University and ... diagnostic approach that they implemented at two sites in ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... A new study of 58 ... impact of stress on metabolism after eating a high-fat meal ... a fast food restaurant, about 930 calories and 60 grams ... minutes every hour for 7 hours, conducting the study twice ... had experienced a stressful event in their lives during the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Gene Study Finds No Proof Vitamin D Guards Against Type 2 Diabetes 2Health News:Recessions May Thwart a Woman's Motherhood Plans Forever: Study 2Health News:Recessions May Thwart a Woman's Motherhood Plans Forever: Study 3Health News:Obesity Tied to Higher Cancer Risk for Colon Cancer Survivors 2Health News:Obesity Tied to Higher Cancer Risk for Colon Cancer Survivors 3Health News:New diagnostic approach for autism in Tanzania 2Health News:New diagnostic approach for autism in Tanzania 3Health News:New diagnostic approach for autism in Tanzania 4Health News:NutriGold Urges Every Woman To Read a Recent Study About Diet and Stress 2Health News:NutriGold Urges Every Woman To Read a Recent Study About Diet and Stress 3
... five elderly Americans living on their own takes a ... and illness. According to the report, more than 21% ... least one of these 33 potentially inappropriate medications in ... people should always avoid, including certain sedatives, long-acting drugs ...
... amounts of heart tissue is as safe for babies as ... radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) treatment involves threading a catheter - ... of the heart which is struggling with an uncontrolled heartbeat, ... radiofrequency energy, similar to microwave heat, is used to destroy ...
... everything from heartburn to impotence have prompted one in eight ... retain critical information about the drug and possible side effects. ... Food and Drug Administration set up rules and made them ... have a considerable effect -- nearly a third of adults ...
... Group therapy can help breast cancer patients feel better, but ... therapy in addition to their medical treatment lived an average// ... therapy did not live any longer than the 77 who ... did report less pain and emotional distress -- especially if ...
... pump up their physiques should know that many over-the-counter ... Many people who buy these supplements are getting ripped ... that they purchased in stores. They analyzed the products ... listed on the label were actually contained in the ...
... and Drugs Department is beginning to bare its fangs ... offence under the Indian Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940. ... this common practice jeopardise the health of the masses ... drugs -- it also endangers the job prospects of ...
Cached Medicine News:
(Date:9/30/2014)... , Sept. 30, 2014  Based on ... market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Ventana Medical Systems, ... with the 2014 North American Frost & Sullivan ... quality practices along with a focus on innovation ... global leader in tissue-based cancer diagnostic solutions for ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... YORK , Sept. 30, 2014  Proteomics ... according to a new report from Kalorama Information.  The ... deals had occurred in proteomics in the past ... IPOs, to agreements between private proteomic companies and ... companies with novel proteomics innovator companies.  Kalorama observed ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... Sept. 30, 2014   Decision Resources Group ... data, anemic chronic kidney disease non-dialysis (CKD-ND) patients ... (ESA) medication. In addition, one-year persistency is similar ... Other key findings from the report entitled ... of Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agents in Late Stage Chronic ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Frost & Sullivan applauds the diversity of Ventana products and services for the cancer diagnostics market 2Frost & Sullivan applauds the diversity of Ventana products and services for the cancer diagnostics market 3Frost & Sullivan applauds the diversity of Ventana products and services for the cancer diagnostics market 4Report: Race for Proteomics Knowledge Spurs Investment and Partnerships 2Report: Race for Proteomics Knowledge Spurs Investment and Partnerships 3Persistency is Low for Late-Stage Anemic CKD Non-Dialysis Patients Treated with Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agents 2Persistency is Low for Late-Stage Anemic CKD Non-Dialysis Patients Treated with Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agents 3
... 2 60-ms bursts of 50 Hz separated by .75 ... Tetanus: 50 Hz (50 pulses/s) or 100 Hz (100 ... Output Current: Adjustable from 0-70 mA , Stimulus ... Battery LED (green) indicates that the units on; it ...
Anesthesia Associates Nerve Stimulator Model AA 1050...
... newest peripheral nerve stimulator from B. Braun Medical. ... providing advanced digital technology. , ,Your ability ... allows the localization of practically all mixed nerves ... ,An additional optional component for the HNS11 is ...
... original MS-III design the new ... keypad and battery ... MS-IV peripheral nerve stimulator can ... in operating room, post anesthesia ...
Medicine Products: