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Hospitals Help Their Patients—at Home

To reduce readmission rates, hospitals help discharged patients with rides to the doctor and home-delivered meals.

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Katherine Ellis shuffles slowly through her home, wearing bright red bedroom slippers, green shorts and a T-shirt. A retired cook, she is a friendly, open woman who enjoys people. But because of her arthritic knees, Ellis, 71, rarely ventures beyond the door of her tiny apartment on Chicago’s West Side, a home crammed with ceramic knickknacks and framed photographs of her children and grandchildren. When Ellis does leave home, too often it’s to be admitted or readmitted to the hospital for heart problems and viral infections. … Back to Article

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