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UTexas, Galveston Study Examines Hospital Readmission Rates after Inpatient Rehabilitation

Nearly 12 percent of Medicare patients who receive inpatient rehabilitation following discharge from acute-care hospitalization are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days after discharge from the rehabilitation facility according to new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Before now, there was a lack of research on the frequency and causes of patients returning to hospital after rehabilitation. Lead author Dr. Kenneth Ottenbacher, professor and director of the division of rehabilitation science, and his co-authors are faculty members in the University of Texas Medical Branch Population Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Sciences Graduate Programs in the department of preventive medicine and community health.