Since October 1, 2012, the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP) that penalizes hospitals with high readmission rates for certain conditions within 30 days of discharge has been in effect. For the first two years, acute myocardial infarction, pneumonia and heart failure will be the only applicable conditions on which readmission rates will be calculated. Beginning in 2015, however, CMS will add additional conditions or procedures it believes represent high costs and high volumes of readmission.
As post-acute providers, you have a vital role in ensuring appropriate care transitions to and from acute care settings.
Follow our three part QuickTips series to learn your organization’s role and see exactly where to focus.
1. Track and Measure Key Metrics
Use key metrics to show your acute care partners that your organization is at or above industry standards, such as: Patient outcomes related to hospital admissions and ED visits, and HH-CAHPS scores. Establish other measures and value points that demonstrate your success as a solution partner.
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