Hospitals Participating in Value-Based Care Programs Reduce ReadmissionsOn April 11, Healthcare Informatics reported that hospitals participating in value-based reforms such as Meaningful Use and Medicare’s Pioneer and Shared Savings Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program had higher reductions in 30-day readmissions for patients with three common diagnoses, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. The study used data from Hospital Compare on hospital readmissions for 2,837 hospitals from 2008 to 2015. The measures used in the study were 30-day risk standardized readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure and pneumonia. Researchers assessed hospital participation in three voluntary value-based reforms, including Meaningful Use of electronic health records, the bundled payment for care initiative episode-based payment program, and Medicare’s Pioneer and Shared Savings ACO programs. “Combining our estimates with published figures on the number of readmissions and Medicare spending per readmission, we estimate that, across the three targeted diagnoses, in 2015 hospital participation in meaningful use, ACOs, and BPCI programs led to 2,377 fewer readmissions,” and saved Medicare about $33 million, according to researchers.
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