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Joint Commission Requirements for Discharge Instructions in Patients with Heart Failure: Is Understanding Important for Preventing Readmissions?

  Given the multitude of public health and policy implications associated with hospital readmissions (1, 2), considerable attention has been paid to developing strategies that keep patients from returning to the hospital. Heart failure (HF) patients, a chronically ill population whose prevalence is increasing (3), are frequently readmitted to the hospital. The national 30-day readmission rate…

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