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Are discharges timed to maximize hospital profits?

Case Management Insider, March 10, 2015

A February 2015 Wall Street Journal article raises questions about whether some hospitals may be timing patient discharges to maximize their earnings.

The article points to the case of one patient at Kindred Healthcare, Inc., in Houston, who was discharged on just the right day to maximize the hospital’s earnings—a discharge decision that family members say didn’t seem to correspond to any change in the patient’s care needs or condition.
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