March 2nd, 2015
This week’s topics include NSAID use in patients receiving antithrombotic therapy after MI, sauna bathing, Eugene Braunwald’s lecture on the war against heart failure, and more.
June 16th, 2014
This week’s topics include statins and physical activity in older men, transitional care interventions to prevent heart-failure readmissions, and more.
March 21st, 2013
The evidence is just not compelling that this this drug would reduce hospital readmissions
March 10th, 2013
How do we best align our inpatient assessments with patients’ real stresses and challenges after hospital discharge?
January 29th, 2013
This week’s topics include using hospital readmission as a quality marker and the cardiovascular safety of peginesatide for anemia in patients with CKD.
January 9th, 2013
Two new papers published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology propose that most heart failure (HF) patients who present to the emergency department (ED) don’t need to be hospitalized and can be safely managed in an observation unit. Currently, the vast majority of HF patients who show up in the ED are hospitalized. In the first […]
February 24th, 2012
The national focus on readmissions (e.g., Partnership for Patients) has yet to yield improvements in performance. Many clinicians and hospitals are seeking help in their efforts to reduce readmission rates. Hospital to Home, a national quality improvement initiative led by the American College of Cardiology and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, has posted a list of […]
November 29th, 2011
Nearly 1 in 10 PCI patients is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days, according to a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The study is a good example of the increased focus on rehospitalization, which is being used more frequently as a key measure of outcome. Farhan Khawaja and colleagues analyzed data from 15,498 […]
February 15th, 2011
Although many studies in recent years have explored the issue of racial disparities in health care, a new study scrutinizes the effect of race on hospital readmissions, an area that has not been previously examined. In a report appearing in JAMA, Karen Joynt and colleagues examined Medicare data to study readmissions after hospitalizations for acute […]