Readmissions sink nationwide

National readmission rates fell 8% between 2010 and 2015, CMS said.
National readmission rates fell 8% between 2010 and 2015, CMS said.

Thirty-day hospital readmission rates dropped in all states except Vermont between 2010 and 2015, according to data published recently by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

In a mid-September blog post, CMS Principal Deputy Administrator and Chief Medical Officer Patrick Conway, M.D., credited federal initiatives with the 8% decrease in national readmission rates between 2010 and 2015.

Readmission rates in 11 states fell by more than 10%. While Vermont's rate didn't drop, it did virtually hold steady.

Those declines translate to roughly 565,000 avoided readmissions since 2010, Conway said.