Predictors of 30-Day Return Following an ED Visit for Older Adults

The January/February issue of the North Carolina Medical Journal has an article from the University of North Carolina Department of Emergency Medicine on the “Predictors of 30-Day Return Following an Emergency Department Visit for Older Adults.” Older adults who are discharged following emergency department evaluation are at increased risk for functional decline and healthcare utilization, and are likely to benefit from close follow-up and additional care services. Understanding factors associated with a return ED visit within 30 days among older fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries discharged to the community may assist in identifying patients at greatest need for interventions. Read the article for the study’s findings which may help focus future care transitions improvement efforts to better meet patient needs.

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