Tracking the number of patients who experience unplanned readmissions to a hospital after a previous hospital stay is one category of data used to evaluate the quality of hospital care.
Readmission rates have long been a trusted measure of effective and responsible care, but only since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 established the readmission reduction program (effective October 1, 2012) did it become a primary assessment driver in the industry.
The program was specifically designed to incentivize hospitals to take strategic action in reducing expensive and unnecessary hospital readmissions. CMS defines these readmissions as “an admission to a hospital within 30 days of a discharge from the same or another hospital.” At the time of implementation, Medicare was seeing a readmission rate of 20% of its hospital patients within one month of being discharged, a rate CMS decided was excessive.
At Anderson Hospital, we are proud to be a leader in our area with an outstanding readmission rate under the national average and best in 25 miles radius of our service area.