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Hospital Readmissions


​Hospital readmissions not only have the potential for negative physical, emotional, and psychological impacts on individuals in skilled nursing care, but also cost the Medicare program billions of dollars.

Preventing these events whenever possible is always beneficial to residents and has been identified by policymakers and providers as an opportunity to reduce overall health care system costs through improvements in quality. The issue has become a top priority for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and managed care programs. An example of this is the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Value Based Purchasing (VBP) Program, a CMS effort that links financial outcomes to quality performance that starts on October 1, 2018.   
General Resources

Unique Residential Care Center

Washington, D.C.

Watch how Unique learned about the importance of tracking data to improve quality outcomes.

Unique Residential Care Center

Washington, D.C.

Unique went from sending 209 people to the hospital in 2009, to 114 in 2011. Learn more about the benefits they saw in implementing INTERACT.

Share your facility's story on safely reducing hospital readmissions

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The LTC Trend Tracker(sm) tool, a free AHCA member benefit, allows organizations to benchmark their hospital readmission rates using the most current national data available. AHCA uses national MDS 3.0 data from CMS, calculating the 30-day, risk-adjusted readmission rate for all nursing centers using the PointRight® Pro-30™rehospitalization measure. Users also have access to results for third quarter 2012 and prior. 
​DISCLAIMER: The AHCA/NCAL quality programs’ contents, including their goals and standards, represent some preferred practices, but do not represent minimum standards or expected norms for skilled nursing and/or assisted living providers. As always, the provider is responsible for making clinical decisions and providing care that is best for each individual person.