Re-admissions Prove Costly for Minnesota, U.S. Hospitals

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  • The overall cost of health care can be significantly reduced by making sure patients receive quality care that prevents them from having to return to the hospital within 30 days.
  • The Center for Medicare and Medicaid is well aware of the problem and now penalizes hospitals for unacceptable readmission rates.
  • Even renown hospital systems, like Mayo Health System with facilities in Fairmont and Austin, Minnesota are not immune to poor performance (see article below).
  • Research increasingly points to a strong correlation between positive patient outcomes and nurse staffing.

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by Christopher Snowbeck, Twin Cities Pioneer Press

 

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From Trial Magazine, March 2014 issue: Trial Magazine, 3/11/14 VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS Arlene Townsend, 63 suffered a stroke and required 24-hour care. She was admitted to Auburndale Oaks Healthcare Center, a nursing home owned by Trans Healthcare, Inc. In the three years leading up to her death, Townsend suffered numerous fall resulting in broken bones and lacerations, infections, significant weight loss, chronic constipation, skin breakdowns, dehydration, and other problems. She is survived by her adult son. Townsend’s estate sued Trans Healthcare, alleging that it had understaffed the nursing home to increase profits and failed to provide adequate care, including protecting Townsend from falls, ensuring a safe environment, and documenting changes to her condition. The court entered a judgment of liability against the defendant, and the…
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