Interventions for reducing readmissions - are we barking up the right tree?

Ran D. Balicer, Efrat Shadmi, Avi Israeli

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Readmission reduction is at the focus of health care systems worldwide in efforts to improve efficiency across care settings. Yet, setting targets for readmission reduction is complicated due to inconsistencies in evidence pointing to effective organization-wide interventions and because of inverse incentives (such as maintaining high occupancy rates). Nonetheless, readmission reduction is one of the few quality measures that, if implemented properly, can serve as a catalyst for system integration. Appropriate mechanisms should be applied to hospitals as well as ambulatory settings to ensure that accountability is assigned to all stakeholders.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2
JournalIsrael Journal of Health Policy Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - 23 Jan 2013

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© 2013 Balicer et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.


  • Health services research
  • Quality of care
  • Readmission

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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