McKnights: Guest Column

Dramatic Results Show How Collaboration Helps Older Adults

In recent years, healthcare providers have sought to prevent rehospitalizations for older adults, so they don’t wind up riding a roller coaster of health crises. The statistics have not been encouraging.

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, one in five people were rehospitalized within 30 days after discharge. One in three rJMP_5347_2-weturned after 90 days. Today the Medicare national average for readmissions within 30 days has dropped to 15.2% but that still means close to one in seven people are returning to hospitals within a month of being discharged. That’s far too many people experiencing the roller coaster of healthcare crises.

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