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Medicare Readmissions Down

For the first time in years, the proportion of Medicare readmissions fell significantly in 2012.

Nation-wide, Medicare hospital readmissions within 30 days of discharge fell from 19 percent, where they had been from 2007 through 2011, to 18.4 percent in 2012, according to a new analysis by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  This is considered a statistically significant decline.

This information comes from a new report, “Medicare Readmissions Rates Showed Meaningful Decline in 2012,” published by CMS’s Office of Information Products & Data Analytics.

While the report does not speculate on the cause of the decline, attention is expected to focus on actions hospitals have taken to prevent readmissions in response to implementation of Medicare’s hospital readmissions reduction program, which imposes financial penalties on hospitals with what CMS deems to be “excessive” readmissions.

Read a summary of the report and find a direct link to the document itself herecms, on CMS’s web site.

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