For post-acute care providers, reducing hospital readmissions is mission critical. Nursing homes with high rehospitalization rates face severe consequences to the bottom line. For one, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has created financial disincentives that can amount to a significant loss of revenue. Moreover, hospitals are far less likely to refer patients to underperforming nursing homes with high rehospitalization rates. And, since rehospitalization rates are publicly available online, patients and their families are also increasingly more discerning when considering their post-acute care options.
The key to preventing readmissions is detecting subtle changes in condition and intervening early. But even the most common causes of hospital readmission are often overlooked until they become acute.