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A simple approach to reducing hospital readmissions

RE “Medicare to fine hospitals for readmissions” (Page A2, Oct. 1): Forty years ago a continuing-care project at Yale-New Haven Hospital, at which I worked, identified the issue of multiple readmissions to the hospital of mainly chronically ill patients. We arranged for the nurses who were discharging such patients to ask them four simple questions:

Do you live alone or with an adult person?

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