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Report finds surgery patient readmissions costs $300M

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A report by Johns Hopkins researchers to be published in the December issue of the journal Diseases of the Colon & Rectum found that one in four colorectal surgery patients are readmitted within 90 days, costing the nation $300 million a year, writes FierceHealthcare. That’s roughly $9,000 per readmission of privately insured colon surgery patients readmitted within three months of hospital discharge.  For colon surgery patients, the most common reasons for returning to the hospital are surgical site infections, dehydration of the digestive system, and stoma (ostomy) complications, according to researchers.  Starting in 2013, hospitals with high readmission rates for heart attacks, congestive heart failure, and pneumonia patients will face penalties.

To view data on readmission rates for hospitals in the U.S, visit CMS Hospital Compare or WhyNotTheBest.org Web sites.

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