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Surgery Special Issue May 2014

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Identification of Modifiable Factors for Reducing Readmission After Colectomy

 Hospital medical professionals check a patient during the admittance procedure.

Understanding what drives hospital readmission rates helps practitioners develop best practices and targeted interventions.

In October 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services began penalizing hospitals that have high 30-day readmission rates, an indicator of poor quality. Researchers found post-operative complications were more important than other risk factors and demographics in predicting readmission rates.