The Affordable Care Act added the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program in 2012, requiring the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to reduce payments to hospitals with excess readmission. A readmission is a reentry to a hospital or another facility, within 30 days after the hospital visit. The result has been, improved care transitions for patients across the board.
The key targeted illnesses that have high readmission rates are an acute heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia. In 2010, readmission costs toppled over $17.4 billion for Medicare. It is imperative for health care providers to find the best ways to help patients lower these costs by giving better care transitions upon discharge. READ MORE