NPR Looks at How Rural Hospitals Are Turning to Home Care to Reduce Readmissions
January 11, 2019 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance
Rural hospitals are increasingly facing financial hits due to patient readmissions, causing some to seek out ways to keep patients healthier at home, according to a December 23, 2018, NPR article. In the past, hospitals ran on a fee-for-service model, encouraging patients to return as often as needed, the article says. But as private and government insurance programs have moved on to prioritize safety and efficiency, hospitals are encouraged to find ways to reduce the time a patient spends in the hospital, according to the article.