10 recent articles on hospital readmissions

The reduction of hospital readmission rates has been at the forefront of hospital and governmental initiatives to improve patient care in the United States for last few decades. While some progress has been achieved, annual assessments of hospital readmission rates reported from the CMS Readmissions Reduction Program reveal that much work is still needed to secure the safety of patients during their hospital stays.

The following is a list of articles published in Becker's Hospital Review in October with the most up-to-date statistics and research on U.S. hospital readmissions.

1. Medicare fines record number of hospitals for readmissions
According to Kaiser Health News, Medicare is fining 2,610 hospitals for high readmission rates. This is a record number of hospitals penalized under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, now in its third year.

2. The 39 hospitals facing highest Medicare fines for readmissions
These 39 hospitals will be fined with a 3 percent readmission penalty by CMS. The hospitals are listed in alphabetical order.

3. Readmissions penalties will cost hospitals $428M in FY 2015
According to a Kaiser Health News analysis, CMS will fine hospitals with high readmission rates an estimated total of $428 million in fiscal year 2015, up from $227 million in FY 2014.

4. Antibiotic surveillance can reduce readmissions
According to a research presented at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy and covered by Medscape, antibiotic surveillance can help reduce readmission due to infection.

5. Antibiotic stewardship programs cut pediatric LOS, readmissions, finds study
Findings presented at Infectious Disease Week 2014 indicate antibiotic stewardship programs can reduce lengths of stay and readmission rates for pediatric patients.

6. Having more BSNs can improve outcomes, reduce costs, study finds
According to a study in Medical Care, patients who receive at least 80 percent of care from nurses with bachelor's degrees have lower odds of readmissions and shorter lengths of stay, as well reduced odds of mortality.

7. Leveraging mHealth to reduce hospital readmissions
A growing number of top hospitals have begun to incorporate mHealth — the use of mobile technology devices and smartphones for healthcare purposes — to connect patients and clinicians, improve care coordination and reduce avoidable, costly hospital readmissions.

8. Discharge support programs ineffective on readmissions, study finds
According to research from UC San Francisco, Nurse-led interventions designed to reduce readmissions in ethnically and linguistically diverse patient populations did not improve 30-day readmission rates.

9. Telemonitoring reduces readmissions by 44%, increases ROI, finds Geisinger study
According to the five-year study, remote monitoring could reduce both readmission rates and total cost of care.

10. 6 things to know about orthopedic trauma readmissions & outcomes
The six items on the list are based off findings in a study published by the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma on assessing predictors of readmission after orthopedic trauma surgery.

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