Improving Geriatric Care by Reducing Potentially Avoidable Hospitalizations

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Improving Geriatric Care by Reducing Potentially Avoidable Hospitalizations

Background • Current financial incentives in the Medicare fee-for-service program foster the overuse of diagnostic tests and interventions that do not benefit many elderly patients, and can result in morbid and costly complications • Care can be improved at reduced costs: Savings can be reinvested to improve care • One major example in the geriatric population is potentially avoidable acute care hospitalizations and hospital readmissions

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