Combining the new CMS reports on hospital readmissions with data on staffing levels, scientists determined having more nurses on duty helps keep patients from returning to the hospital after being discharged.
Even when researchers closely matched hospitals on factors, such as patient population characteristics, well-staffed hospitals were significantly less likely to get hit with penalties than hospitals with lower staffing.
In September, we learned 29 hospitals in Minnesota face penalties for their unacceptable readmission rates.
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