Kaiser Family Foundation : A High Priority For All Healthcare Providers

1565 Words Aug 11th, 2015 7 Pages
Introduction
Kaiser Family Foundation defines readmissions as an event where a patient is admitted to a hospital within specified time period after being discharged from an initial hospitalization, for example, in case of Medicare, this time period is set at 30 days (Boccuti & Casillas. 2015). High hospital readmission rates have been a problem for many years in US healthcare system, however in recent years intense measures and practices to reduce avoidable re-hospitalization coupled with awareness of the issue has become a high priority for all healthcare providers. According to a study conducted by Jencks, Williams & Coleman, after analyzing the Medicare claims data from 2003 - 2004, almost 20% of the patients were re-hospitalized within 30 days of discharge (2009). Such avoidable readmissions not only highlight the issue of deteriorating quality but also pose a huge financial burden along with excess resource utilization in healthcare industry. These avoidable readmissions also reflect poorly on quality of care provided by an organization, further leading to a loss of trust within the population it serves. Clearly, one of the key methods in achieving desirable clinical outcomes and providing high quality care in a cost efficient manner is to implement initiatives aimed at reducing avoidable hospital readmissions. With this understanding and introduction of new financial penalties linked with high readmission rates under Obamacare, further calls for serious efforts to…
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