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What is a physician practice's role in reducing readmissions?

Although it's hospitals that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will penalize for excessive 30-day readmissions, primary care offices face increasing pressure to do their part to reduce readmissions as well, according to an article from  Medscape.

Hospitals that reduce readmissions still hit with penalties

Even if a hospital succeeds in cutting readmissions, it could still experience steep financial penalties from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, according to a new report by the Altarum Institute's Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness.

Optimize patient flow: The key to reducing readmissions

Despite many hospital's efforts to reduce readmissions, penalties for excessive readmissions reached an all-time high this year. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid will levy fines to 2,610...

Could longer hospital stays mean lower costs?

For decades, hospitals have tried to reduce the average length of patient stay, concluding the longer a patient occupied one of their beds, the higher costs for treating them rose. However, a new study by Columbia University's business school has found that patients who stay in the hospital longer--by one day--have lower costs and better outcomes.

Are hospitals being punished by Medicare for treating poor patients?

Medicare may penalize many hospitals for patient readmissions due to circumstances that are beyond their control, accor ding to   Forbes  contributor Peter Ubel.

Illinois hospital network saves $160M by reducing readmissions, patient harm events

Hospitals in health systems across Illinois that participate in the state Hospital Engagement Network prevented 15,887 patient harm incidents since 2012, saving more than $160 million, according to the Illinois Hospital Association.

Illinois fines hospitals $16.3M for excess readmissions

Hospitals already face federal financial penalties for rea dmission  of discharged patients. But some states tack on even more fines

8 cities with the highest hospital readmission rates

Medicare's 2014 comprehensive  measure  of hospital readmissions show that 364 hospitals across the country, in states such as Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island have higher hospital readmission rates than the national average.

Experts refute results of CMS patient safety program

Although the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services boasts of patient safety improvements through its Partnership for Patients program, an opinion piece in the  New England Journal of Medicine  questions whether the initiative actually improved patient care.

Heart failure patients face more readmissions if they live in poor neighborhoods

Patients admitted to a hospital for heart failure are significantly more likely to be readmitted within six months of discharge if they reside in a neighborhood with a low socioeconomic status, according to a study in the most recent issue of the journal Circulation.