Stethoscope and Red HeartRe-hospitalization after discharge for acute decompensated heart failure is a common problem among low-socioeconomic urban patients, who end up over-utilizing the Emergency Department (ED). Chicago Booth professor and CHAS Fellow Dan Adelman, in collaboration with eight other researchers, set out to prove that early consultation would reduce rehospitalization and health care costs. The results after studying 392 patients showed that those who received the intervention accumulated 14% fewer rehospitalization days, and 57% lower 30-day total health care costs. Despite these results, mortality was unchanged.