UC Davis study suggests 30-day window for hospital readmission is too long

Currently, the federal government evaluates hospitals based on a 30-day period post patient discharge.  However, according to a UC Davis study, they should shorten the period to 5-7 days post discharge.  The study suggests that the shorter timeframe more accurately evaluates factors that can be attributed to the hospital.  The researches claim that after this period, readmissions are affected by influences beyond a hospital’s control.

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