5 Things to Know about Declining Readmissions in 2013

Avoidable readmissions have declined significantly between 2012 and 2013, continuing the second year of declining readmissions, according to data from CMS.

The agency posted all-cause 30-day readmission rates data between 2007 and the first eight months of 2013. It found:

  • Readmission rates were fairly constant between 2007 and 2011, hovering around 19 percent.

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  • The all-cause 30-day readmission rate fell to 18.5 percent in 2012.
  • The first eight months of all-cause readmissions data from 2013 show a readmission rate of less than 18 percent, translating to an estimated 130,000 fewer hospital readmissions between Jan.1 and Aug. 31.
  • All-cause readmission rates declined between .25 and more than 1.5 percent in 49 states and in the District of Columbia.      
  • Utah, the only state in which readmissions rates did not significantly decrease, already had one of the lowest readmissions rates in the U.S., according to a CMS blog post.

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