How ACOs Can Leverage Data to Reduce Readmissions, Reap Shared Savings

Hospital readmissions are costly and often preventable events. Yet intense efforts to decrease readmissions rates and avoid penalties under the 2010 federal healthcare reform law have yet to have a significant impact, as one in five hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries are still being readmitted within 30 days of discharge.

According data compiled by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as part of its Readmission Reduction Program, more than 2.3 million Medicare patients — almost one fifth of hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries — are readmitted within 30 days of discharge. Many of those readmissions were related to quality and coordination of care issues that are within the control of healthcare providers.

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Source: Healthcare Payer News