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CMW News: Unnecessary hospital admissions cost Medicare $20 billion

Case Management Weekly, May 6, 2009

A recent study by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality says that hospitals spent over $30 billion on unnecessary admissions in 2006.

The study used prevention quality indicators to determine whether an admission was unnecessary, and concluded that 4.4 million admissions in 2006 could have been prevented with adequate outpatient care.

Medicare patients accounted for $20.1 billion, or nearly two-thirds of the $30.8 billion total.

Source: The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project

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