Reducing Hospital Readmissions

Under the new health care law, hospitals are accountable for patients that are re-admitted within 30 days. Hospitals will be fined by Medicare if too many of their patients are readmitted within 30 days of being discharged.

Agape Home Care’s goal is to partner with our clients’ medical care team- doctors and discharge planners – to ensure quality care is provided after discharge and reduce the likelihood that a patient will need to return to the hospital. Reducing the need for readmission is in the best interest of the hospital and the patient.

According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), a readmission is considered to be related to a prior admission and potentially preventable if it could have been prevented by one or more of the fol­lowing: (1) the provision of quality care in the initial hospitalization, (2) adequate discharge planning, (3) adequate post-­discharge followup, or (4) improved coor­dination between inpatient and outpatient health care teams.

As the Mayo Clinic points out, unplanned hospital readmissions may or may not be related to the previous visit, and some unplanned readmissions are not preventable. However, clear communication with the medical team after discharge and following through with after-care instructions will often reduce the likelihood of readmission.

If you would like to learn more about our mission to coordinate the best care possible and lower the likelihood of hospital readmission, call us today.