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One in five Medicare patients returns to the hospital after 'observation stays'

04:10 EDT 21 Jun 2017 | Medical Xpress

As many as one in five older Medicare patients returns to the hospital after an observation stay, or short-term outpatient stay, a Yale-led study found. This high rate of revisit to the hospital points to a hidden vulnerability among these patients, and suggests changes in care might be needed, the researchers said.

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