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3 Readmissions to Reduce Now
Health Leaders Media

As the rising tide of health care reform rolls in, the time is now for health care organizations to zero in on reducing readmissions. Hospitals with risk-adjusted 30-day readmission performance in the lowest quartile will incur penalties against their total Medicare payments beginning in fiscal year 2013 (ie, starting October 1, 2012). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will evaluate the prior year’s readmissions data, effectively starting the clock ticking on October 1, 2011. The imperative is clear and the timeline is brief—hospitals must start preparing for these penalties at once.