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March 5, 2014


Dear Colleague,

In an effort to improve care and lower costs, in October of 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began applying reimbursement penalties to hospitals with excess readmissions for heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, and pneumonia. A nice summary of the details and issues associated with this program can be found in this Health Policy Brief: Medicare Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, produced by Health Affairs through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. To further your understanding, please explore the articles in More Resources. A specially-priced CE collection, worth 9.3 contact hours, is also available and contains articles about best practices to reduce heart failure readmissions.

 

Care Transitions Programs: A Review of Hospital-Based Programs Targeted to Reduce Readmissions

Acute Myocardial Infarction Rehospitalization of the Medicare Fee-for-Service Patient: A State-Level Analysis Exploring 30-Day Readmission Factors

Using SBAR Communications in Efforts to Prevent Patient Rehospitalizations

Cultivating Quality: A Project to Reengineer Discharges Reduces 30-Day Readmission Rates

Reducing 30-Day Readmissions: Health Literacy Strategies

Is "Teach-Back" Associated With Knowledge Retention and Hospital Readmission in Hospitalized Heart Failure Patients?

Sincerely,




Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
Clinical Edito
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