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Pilot program aims to cut state hospital readmission rate of 17.7 percent

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Gerontologist Lois Ricci discusses a patient's health record at DeKalb Medical Center. She says patients often don't get enough information before they are discharged and end up back in the hospital. — Andrew Kornylak/Aurora Select

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  • Up to 40 percent of hospital readmissions are preventable.
  • Medicare-funded pilot program under way in Gwinnett, Rockdale and Newton counties.
  • In Georgia, 17.7 percent of Medicare patients wind up back in the hospital within 30 days.

 

 

A Savannah woman was hospitalized last winter after blood poisoning in her thumb turned into a staph infection. She lost part of her thumb, and it took seven weeks for antibiotics to beat the infection. … Back to Article

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