TrendLens October 26, 2017 TrendTracking Readmissions

Lisa Remington

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

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?

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.

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.

Remington Report | TrendLends Explore SolutionsExplore a complete outcomes management program that brings personal concierge-style care solutions to your patients in their home.



Remington Report | TrendLends Explore SolutionsImprove Care and Reduce and Readmissions Without Adding Staff




Remington Report | TrendLends Explore SolutionsImprove Transitions, Increase Star Ratings and Patient Satisfaction and Reduce Readmissions



Remington Report | TrendLends Explore SolutionsGet the Right Business Tools 




Remington Report | TrendLends Explore SolutionsMedline as the nation’s largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of quality medical supplies and clinical solutions, is  dedicated to helping healthcare providers reduce costs and achieve better outcomes across the continuum of care. Named one of   the country’s “Best and Brightest Companies to Work For,” the company is headquartered in Mundelein, Ill. and has more than 1,200 dedicated sales representatives to support its robust product portfolio and deliver outstanding customer service. For more information about Medline, go to or visit connect with Medline’s innovative solutions for readmissions.