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Today marks the beginning of year three of CMS’ Hospital Readmission Reduction Program. The program’s launch has coincided with a significant reduction in readmissions nationwide, as CMS has begun to levy harsh penalties on hospitals that readmit higher-than-expected numbers of patients.
Like many other stakeholders in the healthcare community, CipherHealth has been excited about the positive movement occurring nationwide in hospital readmission rates. Data from the Department of Health and Human Services shows a clear downward trend in the number of Medicare patients getting readmitted to the hospital within 30 days.
After staying constant in the 19-19.5% range from 2007-2011, the all-cause 30-day readmission rate for Medicare Patients dropped Continue reading “What’s Next for Readmissions?” »