Hospitals publicly report their rates of readmission within 30 days of hospital discharge to CMS and accrediting agencies such as the Joint Commission. If a hospital’s readmission rate exceeds the established threshold, this can result in a decrease in reimbursement for Medicare patients, which negatively affects the hospital’s financial performance.
Conduct a search for hospitals or health systems that publish their data about readmissions within 30 days of discharge; then, identify which of those mention the steps they have taken or the plans they have implemented to address the issue.
Write a 2-3 paper (in APA format) that discusses the following points:
- The reasons that contribute to patients being readmitted to the hospital. Mention utilization or quality data that was used to help identify contributing factors.
- The actions that the facility or system took to reduce readmission rates. Include the methodology used (if mentioned), such as case management or process improvement.
- The effectiveness of the actions taken (did it lead to a decrease in readmissions)