For years now, hospital readmissions within a month of discharge have been driving up the cost that insurers and others pay for the care received by patients who end up back to the hospital.

Medicare is finally fed up with it, and has adopted a multi-pronged approach to reducing those costly admissions.

On the research side, Medicare is the focus of the Independence at Home federal demonstration project, designed to identify processes and policies that will reduce the one-month readmission rate. The three-year program just celebrated the conclusion of Year One.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.