Percent of Readmitted Patients Within 30 Days of Discharge in 2014

Data Source: The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care


Most U.S. hospitals will get less money from Medicare in fiscal 2016 because too many patients return within 30 days of discharge.

Only 799 out of more than 3,400 hospitals subject to the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program performed well enough on the CMS’ 30-day readmission program to face no penalty. Thirty-eight hospitals will be subject to the maximum 3% reduction, according to a Modern Healthcare analysis of newly posted CMS data.

The readmissions program, created under the Affordable Care Act, initially evaluated how often patients treated for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia had to return to the hospital within 30 days of discharge. Facilities with too high a readmission rate saw their Medicare payments docked up to 1% in fiscal 2013. The financial stakes increased to a 2% reduction in fiscal 2014. Read more…