The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently issued a guide to assist hospitals in reducing Medicaid patient readmissions. The AHRQ Hospital Guide to Reducing Medicaid Readmissions is the product of a two-year study which focused on identifying evidence-based strategies to reduce hospital readmissions and better serve the transitional care needs of the adult Medicaid population. According to AHRQ, the guide is the only federal tool that is specifically tailored to reducing readmissions in the adult Medicaid population.
Reducing hospital readmissions is a national priority for payers, providers, and policymakers. Over the past several years, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation have created various incentive programs, instituted financial penalties, and provided technical assistance to providers and communities with the goal of reducing hospital readmissions. The majority of these programs focus on the Medicare fee-for-service population, and use geriatric health service literature as the basis for the programs. Continue reading this entry