The National Quality Forum is working with AHRQ in gathering and analyzing feedback for the beta version of a new Common Format to track hospital readmission. AHRQ and the interagency Federal Patient Safety Workgroup developed Common Format–Readmissions Version 0.1 Beta to allow hospitals to aggregate data on readmissions. Using this standardized method of review, hospitals can identify factors associated with unnecessary readmissions. These include:
- Actions taken at the index hospitalization (or at discharge) to prevent a readmission
- Risk factors for readmission
- Length of stay
- Presence of an adverse event
- Location of discharge setting
In addition, hospitals can compare their data to others and analyze trends on a community, regional, and national level. All feedback received will be reviewed and considered to guide the development of a revised version of this Common Format. Select to access the Common Format—Readmissions Version 0.1 Beta and post comments by September 20.