January 26, 2015
Over the past few years, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has focused on reducing avoidable hospital readmissions to decrease unnecessary healthcare spending. Those efforts are beginning to pay dividends.
According to data from the CMS Office of Information Products and Data Analytics, Medicare 30-day, all-cause fee for service readmissions during 2007-2011 held steady at 19.5 percent. But in 2012, after CMS incentives and penalties were introduced, they fell to 18.5 percent — a figure that was further reduced to 17.5 percent in 2013.
Written by Maria D. Moen, VP of Care Innovation, Vorro
Becker’s Hospital Review in the Leadership and Management section.