Based on data taken from a national hospital readmissions database that covers almost half of all inpatient stays in the United States, a team of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine found that the most common cause of hospital readmissions was due to sepsis over any other medical condition. Sepsis outnumbered other common conditions by far, accounting for 12.2% of all readmissions. Other common causes of readmissions were heart failure at 6.7%, pneumonia at 5%, COPD at 4.6%, and heart attack at 1.3%. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) monitor the rates of hospital readmissions for all of these types of medical conditions in order to levy readmission penalties as needed. Kaiser Health News has issued a report anticipating significant increase in CMS readmission penalties in 2017, which are likely to affect more than half of American hospitals and result in the total withholding of $528 million in Medicare funds.
In comparison to these other common medical conditions leading to hospital readmissions, sepsis often causes patients to not only frequently return to the hospital, but also to develop new medical conditions. As a result, sepsis readmissions have a significantly high death rate. Moreover, hospital readmissions attributable to sepsis also cost more than readmissions related to other medical conditions, or an average of $10,070. The second costliest hospital readmission stems from pneumonia, at an average of $9,533 per readmission.
The Wisconsin nursing home lawyers of Boller & Vaughan know how heart-wrenching it can be when a loved one whom you have entrusted to the care of a hospital or other medical facility suffers conditions that lead to readmissions, such as sepsis, which very well may prove to be fatal. When healthcare providers fail to prevent incidents such as these, they violate your trust in the American healthcare system. Our attorneys are dedicated to protecting your rights and those of your loved ones in all types of circumstances. We handle hospital, nursing home, and assisted living center abuse and neglect cases on a daily basis, and we know how to get the relief to which you may be entitled. Don’t hesitate to fight back against a neglectful or abusive nursing home or home health care agency that has caused harm to your loved one. Call us today and see how we can help.
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We live in Friendship, Wisconsin, and Boller & Vaughan came to our doorstep to discuss our mother’s wrongful death claim on a Saturday morning. Not only were we pleased with the large recovery, we were so thankful to have lawyers who were willing to explain to us every twist and turn along the way. It is great to know there is a law firm that will fight for the rights of elderly people all over Wisconsin.
Mr. Boller and Ms. Vaughan were incredible in working on my case and my daughter’s case. I was out of work and in the hospital with a new baby. Mr. Boller and Ms. Vaughan protected our rights and it was a pleasure to work with them. I hope never to be in another motor vehicle accident, however, if I am and I am injured, I will contact Boller & Vaughan immediately.
I was referred to Michelle through a friend. I have never had a better experience. It took a little over a year to get my settlement but the staff there stayed in constant contact and kept me in the loop. Oh, and Michelle actually got me MORE money than we discussed. I will refer anyone to this firm. Words cannot do justice the thanks that I have for Michelle and her staff (Mary especially) thank you guys so much!
After my husband died as a result of a motor vehicle accident, Boller & Vaughan spent countless hours talking with me, meeting with me in person, and making sure that I was okay. The drunk driver who hit us did not have any insurance, and we had to make a claim through our own insurance. Boller & Vaughan was fantastic at explaining the law to me and the handling of our claims.
After my son was injured in a daycare setting, Ms. Vaughan took the time to thoroughly investigate our case and my son’s injuries. Michele was approachable and had answers to our questions. Talking with her helped to relieve many of our anxieties.