SDW news brief: CMS releases updated readmission rates data

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, July 26, 2012

Frequent readmissions are still an issue at many hospitals nationwide, according to a recent update from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Data published on CMS’ Hospital Compare website showed that over the past three years, 19.7% of heart attack patients, 24.7% of heart failure patients, and 18.5% of pneumonia patients were readmitted within 30 days of discharge from hospitals. These do not represent significant drops in readmission rates when compared to the previous figures from 2007-2010, despite efforts toward reducing readmissions and the threat of penalization.

CMS will use the data from the most recent three-year performance period to determine which hospitals will receive negative payment adjustments of Medicare reimbursements. Eight hospitals were listed as worse than national average for readmission rates in the three disease categories mentioned above, while two hospitals in Florida were listed with better than national average rates in the three categories. No hospitals were listed as having worse than national averages for 30-day mortality rates in the three categories.

Source: HealthLeaders Media

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