The new 11-year study provides clear evidence on how nutritional supplements effectively cut hospital readmission rates.
The research, conducted from the University of Southern California and Stanford University, shows how oral nutritional supplements help hospitalized Medicare patients, reducing 30-day hospital readmission rates, lowering patients' length of stay and bringing down taxpayer medical costs.
- The study showed a 10.1 percent reduction in readmission rates for congestive heart failure patients.
- The study relayed a 12 percent reduction in readmission rates for those suffering from acute myocardial infarction.
- Overall, it showed an 8.4 readmission reduction for all patients, regardless of diagnosis!
Imagine the quality of life that elderly patients could regain well into their old age if simple nutrition was utilized in basic supplement form. On top of quality living, time and cost savings were reported as well.
- There was an observed 16 percent reduction in patients' length of stay.
- This equated to an average savings of 1.65 days per person.
- There was a 15.8 percent cost savings, translating to $3,079 saved in health care expenses per person.