This Week's Challenge: Anxious to avoid October's financial penalties for excessive hospital readmissions, healthcare organizations have tightened coordination of care and management of care transitions for Medicare beneficiaries at risk of rehospitalization. We wanted to see which conditions are targeted in reducing readmissions.
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What We Learned: HIN's third annual survey on Reducing Hospital Readmissions, conducted in February 2012, documented the highest rates of targeted programs to reduce readmissions in the survey’s three-year history. The survey captured details on these programs to curb readmission rates, along with the conditions most likely to trigger readmissions and much more. According to 119 healthcare companies who responded to the survey, the top 5 conditions that are targeted to reduce readmissions are:
Heart failure: 81.4 percent
COPD: 67.8 percent
CVD: 59.3 percent
Pneumonia: 52.5 percent
Heart attack/MI: 44.1 percent
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Excerpted from 2012 Healthcare Benchmarks: Reducing Hospital Readmissions, which identifies the key strategies, challenges, target populations and health conditions of 119 healthcare organizations to reduce avoidable rehospitalizations.