Dwayne Johnson

How to avoid a return to the hospital

How to avoid a return to the hospital

The only thing less pleasant than a stay in the hospital is having to go right back there to deal with complications. And experts say it happens all too often.

One in 8 elderly patients is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of being discharged after surgery, according to a recent study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

But efforts are underway to bring down the number of readmissions. The federal government, for instance, can fine hospitals with too many patients readmitted within 30 days after being treated for heart...