July 31, 2012

Hospitals, Counties Partner to Reduce Medicare Patients’ Hospital Readmission Rates


A new program in Eau Claire and Chippewa counties intended to keep Medicare patients recently released from hospitals from returning is receiving statewide attention. That's partly because the transition intervention program appears to be working, but also because of a looming deadline from the federal Affordable Care Act that will penalize hospitals with high readmission rates. Those penalties are scheduled to begin in October 2013…Last year Mayo Clinic Health System and Sacred Heart Hospital, both in Eau Claire, and St. Joseph's Hospital in Chippewa Falls approached the Aging and Disability Resource Center about putting a transition program into effect.

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Eau Claire Leader Telegram by Joe Knight

Tags: Affordable care act, Aging and Disability Resource Center, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Health Policy, high readmission rates, Mayo Clinic Health System, Medicare, Patient Care, Sacred Heart Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital

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