Readmission reduction has begun and the penalties will escalate.
Hosp Case Manag. 2013 Apr;21(4):45-7
Two-thirds of hospitals in the United States are losing reimbursement on each Medicare discharge as a result of their performance on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid readmission reduction program--and the penalties and diagnoses included will only escalate. Hospitals and case managers have to make a paradigm change and focus not only on moving patients through the continuum but keeping them from returning to the hospital, some experts say. Reach out to post-acute providers and make sure that they have the information they need to care for patients at the next level of care and that patients aren't receiving follow-up calls from multiple sources. Analyze all readmissions to determine why patients came back and take steps to improve your processes.
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