Hospital readmissions fell by 8 percent, or an estimated 150,000 fewer readmissions among Medicare beneficiaries, between January 2012 and December 2013, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
This was a significant reduction in Medicare all-cause 30-day readmission rates as compared to the period from 2007 to 2011, when rates held constantly at 19 percent. Readmissions decreased to 18.5 percent in 2012, and then further decreased to approximately 17.5 percent in 2013.
In addition, new preliminary data showed an overall 9 percent decrease in hospital-acquired conditions nationally during 2011 and 2012. National reductions in adverse drug events, falls, infections, and other forms of hospital-induced harm are estimated to have prevented nearly 15,000 deaths in hospitals, avoided 560,000 patient injuries, and approximately $4 billion in health spending over the same period, officials say.
The data demonstrates that hospitals and providers across the country are reducing hospital-induced harm experienced by patients, department officials state. These strides in patient safety are a result of strong, diverse public-private partnerships and active engagement by patients and families, including efforts from the federal Partnership for Patients initiative and Hospital Engagement Networks, Quality Improvement Organizations, the CMS, the AHRQ, the CDC, the Administration on Community Living, the Indian Health Services, and many others. The public-private partnerships are collaborating with healthcare providers to identify and spread best practices for reducing hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions.
Source: HHS, May 7, 2014
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