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Timeliness of Outpatient Follow-up: An Evidence-Based Approach for Planning After Hospital Discharge

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This was a study of North Carolina Medicaid claims data for 44,473 Medicaid recipients representing 65,085 discharges. The authors classified each recipient by readmissions risk and examined risk strata in relation to follow-up visit data. The authors found that follow up completed within seven days significantly reduced readmissions for those with more complex clinical presentations (who were also at highest risk for readmission); these findings are relevant to the COPD population given the known readmissions risk and presence of comorbidities seen with this disease.

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Citation: Jackson C, Shahsahebi M, Wedlake T, DuBard CA. Timeliness of Outpatient Follow-up: An Evidence-Based Approach for Planning After Hospital Discharge. Ann Fam Med. 2015; 13(2): 115-122. doi: 10.1370/afm.1753.
ambulatory care co-morbidities post-acute care readmission risk stratification

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