CHA News Article

CMS Research Tracks Post-Discharge Visits

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published research that investigated the use of post-hospitalization follow-up visits from 2007-2010. Published in a recent issue of Medicare & Medicaid Research Review, the article, attached, shows an increase in the likelihood of receiving a community-based follow-up visit within 30 days of discharge, and a slight decrease in the number of days before such visits took place for Medicare patients with an initial admission for heart failure, acute myocardial infarction or community-acquired pneumonia. The largest increase occurred in 2009 when CMS began publicly reporting hospital-level readmission rates for these conditions. However, increases did not continue in 2010 and were not associated with a change in readmissions. Patients who were black or Hispanic and/or enrolled in Medicaid or Medicare Advantage were less likely to receive follow-up visits.