What We’re Reading – 10 Ways to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

In order to prevent reduced Medicare reimbursements under CMS’ Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program and being penalized under CMS’ Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program for having high rates of preventable readmissions, the author suggests 10 proven ways hospitals can reduce their number of preventable readmissions:

  1. Understand which patient populations are at greatest risk of readmissions.
  2. Target patients with limited English proficiency.
  3. Participate in incentive programs with payors.
  4. Join a readmission prevention-focused collaborative.
  5. Ensure patients schedule a seven-day follow-up.
  6. Implement a robust home healthcare program.
  7. Ensure smooth transitional care.
  8. Clearly communicate post-discharge instructions.
  9. Install telemonitoring technology in the homes of chronically ill patients.
  10. Effectively staff nurses during patient care.
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One Response to What We’re Reading – 10 Ways to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

  1. Alex says:

    An interesting discussion is worth comment. I think that you should write more on this topic.

    Best regards Alex

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