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Hospital Readmission Rates: Are We Measuring the Right Thing?

Eugene Z. Oddone, MD, MHSc; and Morris Weinberger, PhD
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From Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC 27705; and Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599.

Potential Conflicts of Interest: None disclosed. Forms can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M12-2593.

Corresponding Author: Morris Weinberger, PhD, Health Services Research & Development (152), Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 508 Fulton Street, Durham, NC 27705; e-mail, mweinber@email.unc.edu.

Current Author Addresses: Drs. Oddone and Weinberger: Health Services Research & Development (152), Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 508 Fulton Street, Durham, NC 27705.


Ann Intern Med. 2012;157(12):910-911. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-157-12-201212180-00013
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In this issue, Kaboli and colleagues examined the relationship among hospital length of stay, readmission rates, and mortality for more than 4 million veterans hospitalized in Veterans Affairs acute care facilities. The editorialists discuss the study and what we know about hospital readmission as a quality indicator.

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