Researchers and advocacy groups have raised concerns that hospitals might not readmit patients out of fear of financial penalties associated with HRRP, thus increasing post-discharge mortality. Those fears appear to be unfounded.
A recent study of 30-day readmissions revealed that black Medicare Advantage beneficiaries were 64% more likely than white Medicare Advantage beneficiaries to be readmitted after undergoing one of six major surgeries.
PSQH: Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare, June 2, 2017
Care transitions have been identified as having heavy influences on readmission rates. It’s more important than ever that patients be armed—but not overwhelmed—with the information and resources necessary to manage their health post-discharge.