The Relationship Between Readmission and Age

The existence of CMS readmission penalties compels hospitals to better prepare Medicare patients for post-hospital care at home or in the community. However, focusing readmission prevention strategies only on those 65 and older is shortsighted. As illustrated in Table 1 below, 47% of patients who returned to the hospital more than one time are under...

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How Physician Hip and Knee Replacement Volumes Relate to Readmission Rates

Readmission penalties for hip and knee replacements are forecasted to account for more than 50 percent of the total penalties Virginia hospitals incur as part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (RRP) in 2016. That is a key reason why identifying options for reducing readmissions following total joint replacement...

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Skilled Nursing Facility/Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Discharges and TJR Readmission Rates

In an effort to reduce readmissions, hospital staff can choose to send a patient to a post-acute care provider for additional assistance during total joint replacement (TJR) recovery. Last week’s Research Corner explored the association of home health care discharge rates and readmission rates. VHHA found no statistically significant correlation between the two. The second...

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Home Health Discharges and Total Joint Replacement Readmission Rates

In an effort to reduce readmissions, hospital staff can choose to send a patient to a post-acute care provider for additional assistance during total joint replacement (TJR) recovery. Medicare patients discharged to home health care often are assumed to have greater readmission rates than patients given other discharge options. To examine this notion, we summarized...

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Virginia Hospitals Provided More Than $2.8 billion in Community Benefit for 2014

Each year, VHHA conducts a community benefit survey highlighting the significant contributions that Virginia’s local hospitals and health systems make to their communities that extend well beyond the essential health services they provide. This includes the free care they provide to the uninsured, and many other programs they financially support which help improve the health...

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