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home care and readmissionsReducing Readmissions Using Home Care Services

The highest hospital readmission rates are for those that are diagnosed with heart failure, heart attacks, and pneumonia. A home care agency can help with the reduction of readmission rates of hospitals. Many patients who are discharged have a discharge plan but do not have the support to follow the plan. If they live alone they will not be able to properly care for themselves during their recovery. These services will be able to monitor the patient and quickly assess and address any recovery issues eliminating the need for readmission.  Many times hospitals have found that once readmitted the patient does not even list the medications that they were prescribed during discharge. An agency would be able to assist with prescription drug pick up along with appointment reminders. In turn not only will the hospitals be able to eliminate the Medicare readmission rate penalty but they can also rest assured that their patients are recovering successfully.

Readmissions Statistics Article


Readmissions are a significant concern for hospitals, as they will receive cuts to their Medicare payments for higher-than-expected readmission rates for certain diagnoses.

Here are 20 statistics on hospital readmissions from two studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

In the study titled “Diagnoses and Timing of 30-Day Readmissions After Hospitalization for Heart Failure, Acute Myocardial Infarction, or Pneumonia,” researchers studied 2007 to 2009 Medicare fee-for-service claims data for 30-day readmissions after hospitalization for heart failure, acute myocardial infarction and pneumonia. Here are their findings:

Overall readmission rates
1.    The 30-day readmission rate after heart failure hospitalization was 24.8 percent.

2.    The 30-day readmission rate after acute myocardial infarction hospitalization was 19.9 percent.

3.    The 30-day readmission rate after pneumonia hospitalization was 18.3 percent.

4.    The average age of readmissions was 80.3 years for patients originally hospitalized for heart failure, 79.8 years for patients originally hospitalized for acute myocardial infarction and 80 years for patients originally hospitalized for pneumonia……………….
Readmission diagnoses
11.    Of readmission after a heart failure hospitalization, the most common diagnosis was heart failure at 35.2 percent.

12.    Of readmission after an acute myocardial infarction hospitalization, the most common diagnosis was heart failure at 19.3 percent.

13.    Of readmission after a pneumonia hospitalization, the most common diagnosis was recurrent pneumonia 22.4 percent.

14.    Cardiovascular disease was the cause of 52.8 percent of readmissions after heart failure hospitalization and 53.4 percent of readmissions after acute myocardial infarction hospitalization.

15.    Respiratory disease accounted for 38.5 percent of readmissions after pneumonia hospitalization.

16.    The five most common readmission diagnoses accounted for 55.9 percent for heart failure readmissions, 44.3 percent of acute myocardial infarction readmissions and 49.6 percent of pneumonia readmissions………………………………….

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20 Statistics on Hospital Readmissions.