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A visit with Dr. James Graham
by Jim and Lynda Guidry Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Dr. Graham

Guidry News Service recently visited with Dr. James Graham, a member of a University of Texas Medical Branch research team that determined that nearly 12 percent of Medicare patients who receive inpatient rehabilitation following discharge from acute-care hospitalization are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days after discharge from the rehabilitation facility.
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"Dr. Ken Ottenbacher is the lead on this and he recently got an RO1 (research project grant) to look at readmission rates after post-acute care for patients in in-patient rehab," Dr. Graham explained. "When you look at the Affordable Care Act and some of the changes in health care over the past 10 years or so, post-acute care has kind of been second page news as far as the Medicare and the providers are concerned. But, recently with the growth of the cost, post-acute care proportionately would outpace all other care, for Medicare at least."

Graham said the research addresses a timely issue.

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