Study: Higher Patient Satisfaction is Linked to Lower Hospital Readmissions
The report, "The Relationship Between HCAHPS Performance and Readmission Penalties," is the first in a series of studies that will examine aspects of patient experience. Press Ganey used data on hospitals' readmission penalties and hospitals' scores on CMS' Value-Based Purchasing program to determine the connection between patient satisfaction, clinical performance and readmission rates.
The report showed that while higher scores on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey were closely tied to lower readmission rates, performance on clinical measures did not correlate with readmission rates.
Overall HCAHPS scores of 0 to 19 were associated with a 0.4 percent readmission penalty — much higher than the average. In contrast, HCAHPS scores of 80 to 100 were associated with a 0.1 percent readmission penalty — much lower than average.
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