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Study Finds Voluntary Value-Based Reforms Reduce Readmissions

A new report, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, analyzes how readmissions have been reduced more significantly in hospitals that participated in voluntary value-based reforms, as compared to hospitals participating in only the mandatory Hospital Readmissions Reduction program. Using 2008-15 data from 2,837 hospitals nationwide, the study found that participation in one or more Medicare value-based reforms correlated to greater reductions in 30-day risk-standardized readmission rates under the Hospital Readmission Reduction program.

In California, hospitals are participating in a number of voluntary programs to reduce readmissions. From 2015-16, 179 California hospitals partnered with the Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) to participate in a voluntary Partnership for Patients program, CalHEN 2.0. The overall reduction in readmissions over the one-year improvement sprint saved an estimated $3.6 million. Beginning in September 2016, HQI partnered with the Health Services Advisory Group, California’s quality improvement network, to launch the Hospital Improvement and Innovation Network. To date, 265 hospitals have signed up to reduce readmissions by 12 percent over the two-year project.