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Hospitals under pressure to cut readmissions for minorities, poor
Modern Healthcare

The CMS is pushing hospitals to establish more aggressive care plans and to team up with non-medical personnel such as social workers in a new guidance aimed at reducing readmissions for minority and low income Medicare enrollees.

Minority and other vulnerable people with chronic conditions such as congestive heart failure are more likely to be readmitted within 30 days of discharge than their white counterparts, according to the CMS.

“Given the cost and quality implications of these findings, addressing readmissions while caring for an increasingly diverse population has become a significant concern for hospitals and hospital leaders,” the CMS wrote in the guidance.