The reality of reform is harsh. In 2015, 2,592 hospitals were penalized to the tune of $420 million dollars for patient readmissions.
To attack the readmission challenges that hospitals face, you must first understand and solve the discharge challenges. The point at which the patient transitions from the hospital to the next level of care is a mission critical point.
The recently proposed Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) discharge planning regulations present an opportunity for hospitals and other health-care providers to improve the discharge process. With the proposed regulations, hospitals are faced with the need to:
- Provide better communication and coordination with disparate providers and facilities
- Accurately determine the level of readmission risk of a patient as well as specific areas of concern
- Move patients as quickly as clinically appropriate to a lower level of care
- Provide both clinical and non-clinical services to keep the patient well
- Maintain communication and patient status at the patient’s care facility, home or other service location