The federal government has targeted billions of dollars of savings for the Medicare program by reducing the number of preventable readmissions.
Financial penalties to hospitals with excessive readmission rates begin Oct. 1.
Much of the information reported on attempts to lower readmission rates, including that on the CMS website Hospital Compare, indicates little documentable progress in this regard. Why is this so? What is the anatomy of a readmission that makes the clinically appropriate reduction of readmissions apparently so difficult?