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Hospitals look to lower readmission rates

Days after she was discharged to her Saugus home from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center after being treated for pneumonia, Carol Sewell got a call. A nurse working for both the hospital and her primary care doctor began checking in on her regularly, sometimes three times a week: Did she know about her follow-up appointments? Could she get a ride to the doctor’s office? And had she filled her prescriptions?

“It kept me doing things that I should be doing that I might not have,” Sewell said. “She’d ask questions. I’d have to have the answer.”

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