By Jordan Rau – The federal government has eased its annual punishments for hospitals with higher-than-expected readmission rates in an acknowledgment of the upheaval the covid-19 pandemic has caused, resulting in the lightest penalties since 2014.Read More
By Vinati Kamani – Patient readmissions are a significant burden on our existing healthcare system. They threaten the hospital’s financial health and result in stress on the existing facilities.
By Walter Rosenberg & Jessica Grabowski – Hospital readmission rates in the United States are among the highest in the world. In 2011, there were 3.3 million 30-day readmissions to the hospital, which contributed more than $41 billion in hospital costs.
By Sarianne Gruber – HITEC studied the association between the usage of an HIE system post-discharge and 30-day same cause hospital readmissions among patients in Rochester, NY.
Reducing readmission is moving beyond the clinical metrics and starting to focus on health insurance coverage and patients’ health behaviors prior to hospitalization.
By Richard Kronick – Over the past several years, hospitals, physicians, and the Federal Government have made it a priority to reduce hospital readmission rates for Medicare patients. While still at an early stage, strategies put into place as part of the Affordable Care Act, such as evidence-based safe care transition practices, are showing good results.