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Study: Sepsis results in many costly readmissions

Case Management Insider, August 4, 2015

A study published in Critical Care Medicine shows that sepsis is a heavy hitter when it comes to readmissions costs. Researchers came to this conclusion after studying readmissions for three different conditions: sepsis, congestive heart failure, and acute myocardial infarction (AMI).

They found that readmission rates for congestive heart failure were the highest at 23.6%, compared to 20.4% for sepsis and 17.7% for AMI. In addition, the cost for sepsis readmissions were the highest at $500 million per year for patients in California during the study period. Readmission costs were $229 million for heart failure and $142 million for AMI. These findings underscore the importance of focusing on ways to prevent sepsis readmissions, according to study authors.

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