Fourteen areas nationwide have been chosen to participate in a CMS pilot project that will seek to eliminate unnecessary hospital readmissions.
Our data show that nearly one in five patients who leave the hospital today will be readmitted within the next month, and that more than three-quarters of these readmissions are potentially preventable, said acting CMS Administrator Charlene Frizzera in a written statement. The goal of the Care Transitions project is to promote a seamless transition from the hospital to home, skilled-nursing care or home healthcare in order to reduce hospital readmissions.
The following areas have been selected to participate: Upper Capital Region around Albany, N.Y.; east metropolitan Atlanta; Baton Rouge, La.; Evansville, Ind.; northwest Denver; Harlingen, Texas; the greater Lansing, Mich., area; Miami; Southwestern New Jersey; Omaha, Neb.; Western Pennsylvania; Providence, R.I.; Tuscaloosa, Ala.; and Whatcom County, Wash.
Each of the pilot communities will be led by a state quality improvement organization, which will work with healthcare providers, consumers and stakeholder groups to implement hospital and community interventions, including those that target specific diseases or conditions, and those that target specific reasons for admission. The CMS will monitor the rates at which patients in these communities are readmitted.