CMS ramps up efforts to keep patients out of hospital

Healthcarefinancenews:  | Kelsey Brimmer, Associate Editor, March 19, 2012.

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new initiative aimed at avoiding expensive patient readmissions.

CMS announced the $128 million Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among nursing facility residents. CMS will partner with independent organizations to improve care for long-stay nursing facility residents on Medicare and Medicaid, facilitating transitions to and from inpatient hospitals and nursing homes. Each organization proposes evidence-based intervention and an improvement strategy, targeted at preventive services and improved communication between providers.

“Being readmitted to a hospital is very difficult for low-income seniors, people with disabilities and their families,” Tavenner said in a press release. “Through this initiative, we will work with nursing facilities and hospitals to provide better, person-centered care. By catching and resolving issues early, we can help people avoid costly and stressful hospitalizations.” Read More