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Partnering with behavioral-health groups to cut readmissions

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An article in Behavioral Healthcare suggests that hospitals consider collaborating with behavioral-health organizations to reduce preventable readmissions — and the accompanying Medicare penalties.

This makes a lot of sense since hospital readmissions are two to three times higher than average for patients with co-morbid mental-health or substance-abuse issues.


Still, the publication warns that complications and confusions around reimbursements and the lack of experience of many hospital staffs with behavioral-health patients can make creating solid partnerships difficult.


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