CMS seeks comments on preventable readmissions project

CMS new project aims to reduce hospital readmissions across post-acute care
CMS new project aims to reduce hospital readmissions across post-acute care

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is seeking comments on a new project that would develop measures for preventable hospital readmissions, the agency announced Wednesday.

The project, dubbed the “Development of Potentially Preventable Readmission Measures for Post-Acute Care,” aims to develop and implement potentially preventable readmissions measures. The measures would be aligned with the Post-Acute Care Transformation Act, as well as the Protecting Access to Medicare Act.

CMS' proposed measures for preventing hospital readmissions include one that assesses potentially preventable readmissions within 30 days of being discharged from a post-acute care setting. Another, which is being developed in accordance with PAMA, would assess preventable readmissions during a 30-day window following discharge from a hospital to an SNF setting.

The quality measures would be standardized across multiple post-acute settings, including skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long-term care hospitals, CMS said.

The comment period for the project opened on Monday, and will close on November 16. Comments can be sent to PPR@rti.org.

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