Hospital readmissions are under scrutiny by policy makers but are hardly a new problem. For more than 30 years, researchers have studied factors associated with readmission and tested care models to address these admissions, yet rates of readmissions have not declined appreciably during this time.1 The renewed focus on readmissions has been stimulated by several converging forces rather than by a strong evidence base for how improvements can be reliably achieved. US federal financial penalties for high rates of readmissions focus on hospitals as the locus of accountability for the problem, but such penalties are a weak incentive since the investment required to improve may exceed the potential loss of inpatient revenue. In this Viewpoint, we suggest that it may be more advantageous to view readmissions within a broader systems and community context that effectively engages all stakeholders to cooperatively improve outcomes.
Register and get free email Table of Contents alerts, saved searches, PowerPoint downloads, CME quizzes, and more
Subscribe for full-text access to content from 1998 forward and a host of useful features
Activate your current subscription (AMA members and current subscribers)
Purchase Online Access to this article for 24 hours
Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.
Download citation file:
Web of Science® Times Cited: 6
Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.
More Listings atJAMACareerCenter.com >
and access these and other features:
Enter your username and email address. We'll send you a link to reset your password.
Enter your username and email address. We'll send instructions on how to reset your password to the email address we have on record.
Athens and Shibboleth are access management services that provide single sign-on to protected resources. They replace the multiple user names and passwords necessary to access subscription-based content with a single user name and password that can be entered once per session. It operates independently of a user's location or IP address. If your institution uses Athens or Shibboleth authentication, please contact your site administrator to receive your user name and password.