Top Boston Hospital Begins To Tackle Readmissions Problem

Reporting for Kaiser Health News in collaboration with NPR and WBUR, Rachel Gotbaum writes: “Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a highly regarded teaching hospital in Boston, but in 2012, the hospital found out it had one of the highest rates of readmissions among Medicare patients in the country. That meant federal fines of more than $1 million—and a lot of soul searching for the staff, says Dr. Julius Yang, the head of quality for the hospital. ‘Patients coming to our hospital, getting what we believed was high quality care, were coming back at an alarmingly high rate,’ says Yang” (Gotbaum, 4/3). Read the story.

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