Hospital Readmission Reduction Program

CMS' readmissions reduction program linked to higher death rates for heart failure patients


The results of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' program to reduce hospital readmissions are being called into question by two new studies — with one suggesting the initiative may have the "unintended consequence" of raising patient mortality rates.

Adjust readmission penalties to protect providers serving dual eligibles, lawmakers urge CMS


The calculation method for Medicare readmissions penalties should be risk-adjusted so that providers do not lose money for serving the sickest, poorest seniors, a bipartisan group of Congressional lawmakers said in a recent letter to regulators. Long-term care providers are carefully monitoring how hospital readmissions penalties are calculated, because nursing home reimbursements will be tied to readmissions starting in 2018.