For all the emphasis on reducing readmissions to hospitals, providers continue to struggle to prevent readmissions of patients suffering heart failure.
According to the study, there has been only a slight reduction in readmissions rates for heart failure patients over the past four years.
In addition, Fierce Healthcare reports that
…2014 research revealed that safety-net hospitals and those with largely low-income patient populations are at particular risk for heart failure readmissions; patients from lower-income neighborhoods, researchers found, were nearly 17 percent more likely to be readmitted within six months of discharge.
This finding supports the Safety-Net Association of Pennsylvania’s long-time contention that the distinct challenges Pennsylvania’s safety-net hospitals face in serving their especially low-income, medically challenged communities speak to the need for public policy that reflects those special challenges.
To learn more about this issue, see this Fierce Healthcare report.