Adult nurse practitioner Jayne Mitchell watches at right as patient Marlena Bechtel-Rysdam, from Elgin, Ore., practices using an electronic monitoring device called a Health Buddy at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Ore., in this Jan. 30 file photo. Hospitals are under new pressure from Medicare to slow a pricey revolving door — the number of people who are rehospitalized only weeks after they left for problems that could have been prevented. Lawrence Memorial Hospital has partnered with Kansas University to conduct a pilot program matching volunteers with recently discharged patients to help them in the weeks following their hospital stay.


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