The number of preventable readmission at U.S. hospitals dropped by 8% over the past five years, according to data released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Between 2010 and 2015, hospital readmissions dropped in 49 of 50 states. The reduction amounted to approximately 100,000 readmissions in 2015. Since 2010, there have been 565,000 fewer readmissions, CMS estimates.
CMS credits two of its initiatives for the readmission reduction:
- The Hospital Readmission Reduction Program, established under the Affordable Care Act, reduces payments to hospitals with "excess" readmissions as determined by CMS.
- The Partnership for Patients program, which is testing approaches to improving transitions from the hospital to community settings.