UVA Health System, tech firm collaborate to reduce hospital readmission rates
May 22, 2014
In April of this year The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reported some eye-catching positive news. For the first time in years, the 30-day all-cause hospital readmission rate for Medicare beneficiaries is declining, dropping from 19% nationwide in 2011 to 17.5% in 2013, according to a recent report by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
While this is good news nationally, a much bigger story is taking place at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville. The health system is utilizing an innovative post-discharge care coordination program and achieving an amazingly low 10.4% readmission rate for patients enrolled in the Program, which is 50% lower than UVA’s historical (FY09-11) CMS readmission rate of 23.1%.
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