Hospitals already face federal financial penalties for rea dmission of discharged patients. But some states tack on even more fines
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.
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.
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.
Hospitals and hospital systems in Illinois banded together to form an engagement network and saved more than $132 million by improving the quality of care, according to an announcement from the Illinois Hospital Association.
The University of Buffalo is working to limit patient readmissions to hospitals and ERs via use of dashboard technology.
Six use cases highlight how healthcare could harness big data to improve care and cut costs for high-risk patients, according to a new article published this month in Health Affairs.
A new consortium of 200 hospitals, nursing homes and other health-related entities throughout the Rochester, New York, region aims to redesign healthcare delivery and reduce avoidable readmissions.
Knowing patients and their families on a personal level, building a comprehensive discharge team and streamlining the discharge process are among the best ways for hospitals to cut down on readmissions and reduce costs, according to the Gallup Business Journal.
Reducing preventable readmissions is one of the most important aspects of cutting healthcare costs, according to an American Society for Quality survey of health quality improvement experts. Here are four ways the Gallup Business Journal says hospitals can help reduce readmissions.