Study: Medicare patients in rural areas receive less follow-up health care

(By – Jason deBruyn,

Medicare patients in rural areas have lower rates of follow-up care after leaving the hospital, something that puts them at higher risk of emergency department visits and repeat hospitalizations, according to a study by researchers at RTI International and UNC-Chapel Hill. The results, published in the September issue of Medical Care, suggest that patients living in isolated areas were 19 percent less likely to receive follow-up care within 30 days after leaving the hospital than those in urban areas. Read more…


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