KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Nobody wants to leave the hospital -- and then have to go back in. But one in five Medicare patients is readmitted within a month. The total cost of readmissions to Medicare is 17 billion dollars a year.
The government is funding a project in the metro aimed at reducing those readmissions by linking patients with specially-trained nurses or social workers to aid them in the transition from the hospital to the home or nursing home.
FOX 4 Medical Reporter Meryl Lin McKean says the Community-based Care Transitions Program will include 15 hospitals.