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TrendWatch: Rethinking the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program

March 19, 2015

Reducing readmissions is an important way to improve quality and lower health care spending. Hospitals are making significant progress; as reported by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the national readmission rate fell to 17.5 percent in 2013, after holding steady at around 19 to 19.5 percent for many years.1 However, reducing readmissions is a complex undertaking because not all readmissions can or should be prevented; indeed, some are planned as part of sound clinical care. Learn More

Always There, Ready To Care: The 24/7 Role of America's Hospitals

March 12, 2015

America's hospitals play a unique role in the health care system serving as the safety net for those unable to pay, being available 24/7 to respond to anything from a broken arm to a mass casualty event, and maintaining the resources to respond to natural and manmade disasters. This role is not separately funded. Instead costs are spread across all services provided. Learn More

Economic Contribution of Hospitals Overlooked

March 02, 2015

Hospitals provide over 5.6 million workers and with multiplier effects included support a total of 15,7 jobs and $2.6 million of economic activity. Learn More

Comparison of Care in Hospital Outpatient Departments and Physician Offices Final Report

February 26, 2015

This study looks at the differences between patients served in a hospital outpatient department compared to a physician office. Learn More

Private-Sector Hospital Discharge Tools

January 20, 2015

Samples of hospital discharge planning tools that strive to improve transitions to post-acute care and reduce readmissions Learn More

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