Readmission rates were lower among hospitals that took part in federal value-based reforms such as Meaningful Use, bundled payments for care and accountable care organizations (ACOs), according to an AHRQ-funded study. Using national data from Hospital Compare to examine hospital readmissions for about 2,800 hospitals from 2008 to 2015, researchers found that hospitals participating in all three programs reported the largest readmission declines. For example, hospitals that adopted all three programs compared with those that participated only in the Meaningful Use program reported larger drops in readmissions associated with heart attack (1.27 percentage points vs. 0.78), heart failure (1.64 vs. 0.97) and pneumonia (1.05 vs. 0.56). Hospitals that took part in these reforms in 2015 had nearly 2,400 fewer readmissions and saved Medicare more than $32 million, according to the study in JAMA Internal Medicine. Access the abstract.
JAMA Intern Med. 2017 Jun 1;177(6):862-868. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.0518.
Association Between Hospitals' Engagement in Value-Based Reforms and ReadmissionReduction in the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program.
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