TrendLens October 26, 2017 TrendTracking Readmissions
Welcome to TrendLens…trends bending the curve in home health and post-acute care. In this issue, we provide details about readmissions targeted by the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP). We explore what we know about the high-volume four conditions by numbers and costs. Trendlens provides resources and solutions to manage outcomes.
Lisa Remington, President, Remington Health Strategy Group
In This Issue
By: Lisa Remington, President, Remington Health Strategy Group, and Publisher, The Remington Report
Four years after the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP) to reduce preventable readmissions was put into effect, the industry still grapples with the best solutions and practices for avoidable readmissions.
Trends from 2009-2013 for readmissions following an admission for four high-volume conditions AMI, CHF, COPD and pneumonia were the first conditions targeted by HRRP. These conditions were targeted because of their high-prevalence and their associated high costs for total admissions and readmissions among Medicare beneficiaries. In 2011, readmissions contributed $41.3 billion in total hospital costs. What can we learn about these readmissions? What can we do better to reduce readmissions?
Readmissions by Numbers and Costs
Of the four high-volume conditions, CHF, Pneumonia and acute myocardial infraction ranked among the top conditions with all-cause 30-day readmissions for Medicare patients.
Five Ways to Improve Your Outcomes and Readmissions
Solutions for readmissions today span from medication management, care transitions, remote patient monitoring, and patient experience. Medicare reimbursement requirements are based heavily on outcomes. There is growing pressure on home health agencies to provide comprehensive, around-the-clock support to their patients to reduce hospital readmissions. The reality is many agencies cannot afford to add staff or invest in the technology needed to produce these better patient outcomes, which may ultimately impact readmissions.
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