The Medicare & Medicaid Research Review (MMRR) recently released a study titled Medicare Readmission Rates Showed Meaningful Decline in 2012 that shows the first meaningful decline in readmission rates in 5 years for Medicare patients.
According to the study, from 2007 to 2011, the national 30-day readmission rate was 19 percent. In 2012, that number fell to 18.4 percent. A one percent decrease may not sound like much, but it translates to 70,000 people that avoided readmission! This news comes following the implementation of a number of CMS initiatives focused specifically on this target, including many programs introduced as part of the ACA, including the Readmissions Reduction Program, and Accountable Care Organizations.
The study did not investigate the reasons for the reduction, but even in their absence, the fact that more folks are able to return to and remain in their homes following a hospital visit is reason to celebrate!