Medicare Readmissions Again Down
One component of the Affordable Care Act appears to be having a clear effect: the fight against avoidable Medicare readmissions.
The Medicare readmissions rate, 19 percent before Medicare introduced its hospital readmissions reduction program in 2012, fell to 18.5 percent last year. Now, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is reporting that the readmissions rate has fallen again: to less than 18 percent during the first eight months of 2013.
The National Association of Urban Hospitals (NAUH) has long objected to the Medicare hospital readmissions reduction program, maintaining that it unfairly penalizes safety-net hospitals that care for patients whose problems often go beyond medical concerns and are therefore more difficult to serve.
Read about this new trend and where it is occurring in the U.S. in this entry from The CMS Blog.