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Rural Medicare Beneficiaries Have Fewer Follow-up Visits and Greater Emergency Department Use Postdischarge

Toth, Matthew PhD, MSW*; Holmes, Mark PhD*; Van Houtven, Courtney PhD†,‡; Toles, Mark PhD, RN§; Weinberger, Morris RN, PhD*; Silberman, Pam JD, Dr PH*

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doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000401

Abstract

Erratum

In the article that appeared on pages 800-808 in the September issue of , there is an error in the last paragraph of the first page. Currently, the text reads “ED use can increase hospital spending per beneficiary and may have negative consequences for rural providers, particularly as it relates to the Hospital Value Based Purchasing program (HVBP)”. This sentence should read as follows:

“ED use can increase hospital spending per beneficiary and may have negative consequences for rural providers”.

On page two, in the last sentence of the first paragraph, the last part of the sentence reads “…may increase the risk of an ED visit, and place rural hospitals at greater risk of reduced payments under HVBP”. The sentence should read as follows:

“Poorer access to key post-discharge services, such as follow-up care, may increase the risk of an ED visit”.

The author apologizes for these errors.

Medical Care. 53(10):908, October 2015.

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